Day 180 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
READING: Hebrews 6: 13–18
The sacrificing of children was not unusual in the ancient world. For example, the god El, from the Ugaritic pantheon of gods, was worshiped for providing fertility and could demand that a child be sacrificed as a payment offering.
But the story in Genesis 22 is not about child sacrifice; rather, it is a dramatic account of how God tested Abraham’s love and trust in Him, and of how Abraham responded in absolute trust. Abraham’s response so pleased God that He took an oath concerning Abraham’s descendants and the future blessing of the nations.
That God would be moved to swear by an oath to keep His promises, shows how valuable this act of faith was to Him.
I am grateful Lord for Your character. You are wise, pure, holy and loving. I need never fear that You will churlishly demand unnecessary suffering from me. All that I suffer for Your name, I know, has huge redemptive purpose and ultimately leads to joy.