Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/030115.cfm
God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” he replied. Then God said: “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.”
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Here I am!” he answered. “Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger. “Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.” As Abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.
Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing—all this because you obeyed my command.”
Do you have the faith of Abraham? When the Lord calls on you to sacrifice something for Him, what is your answer? Abraham never questioned, but prepared to do as he was asked. Oh, that we would all have that kind of faith. A faith that allows us to obey no matter what is asked. What are you willing to give up for the Lord? What price are you willing to pay?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always have the faith of Abraham! To be able to give a child to you takes courage and strength. I pray that when my test comes I have the strength and faith of Abraham. In Jesus’ holy name I ask all this, Amen.
I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.