God’s command is, “Take now,” not later. It is incredible how we debate! We know something is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it immediately. If we are to climb to the height God reveals, it can never be done later— it must be done now. And the sacrifice must be worked through our will before we actually perform it.
I must say that I don't think I could ever obey like Abraham did. Such faith! Such self-sacrifice.
Always guard against self-chosen service for God. Self-sacrifice may be a disease that impairs your service.
"What do you want me to do Lord for self- service?" -I have to admit that when I pray a prayer such as this, I often think quietly something like, "I hope it is not something too hard to do." So if that's my attitude, am I really willing to serve him? Is my attitude really one that says, "I'll serve you, Lord...if it's not anything that makes me feel too uncomfortable?"
You must go through the trial before you have any right to pronounce a verdict, because by going through the trial you learn to know God better. God is working in us to reach His highest goals until His purpose and our purpose become one.
Is that why life seems to be a long string of trials? Because God wants me to know him better?
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