July 4, 2019
Independence Day, U.S.A.
A Test of Faith
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 burnt offering..."
God's test of Abraham seems almost unbelievable. He is told to burn his child, his only child, on an altar like a sacrificial lamb. It is more than most people could take. It is a test I'm pretty certain I would not have the courage to consider. Thankfully, God has not tested me in that way. But there remains for me daily tests of faith, tests I fail, or tests where I offer only inconsistent effort. Do I support the orphan and the widow? Do I welcome the stranger? Do I visit the sick or those in prison? Do I seek forgiveness for my faults? Do I show mercy when it is required? We have a faith that challenges us every day, maybe not as direly as Abraham, but it challenges us nonetheless.
- Paul Pennick
Genesis 22:1-19|Psalm 115:1-6, 8-9|Matthew 9:1-8