When Abraham was told by God to circumcise HIMSELF ... he did it immediately! Ouch! When Abraham was told to offer his son Isaac, he had to walk 3 days with teenage Isaac to Mt Moriah.
3 days to think long and very hard about what he was asked to do by his God - and not a single lick of it made any sense. Abraham waited 25 years for Issac to be born, and now his Isaac was the ONLY direct path to the other promises!
I'm certain Abraham had little idea of what was fully to happen, but it's clear in Genesis 22:5 that he knew that somehow they'd both be back:
Genesis 22:5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then WE will come back to you.”
In the end, God's grace provided a ram and Abraham walked back from Mt Moriah sure of who he was in His Father and 100% fully confident in the goodness of His God.
Understanding will never be a pre requisite for our obedience, and obedience will always be BETTER than sacrifice.
Genesis 22:1-19; 1 Samuel 15:22
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Staying on the topic of obedience, Abraham was really good at not asking a whole lot of what, where, when, why, and how questions. I mean, he did a few times - but despite the obvious things to ask, Abraham pretty much just did what he was told to do - and God did the rest.
God always equips, supplies, and strengthens us for where we are called to be or go, and never says - "Led ya' here, bam - gotcha!" I think us humans many times worn down by our circumstance, are just eager for clarity and finality. We often have worried our little brains out ... and react to His gentle direction by asking too many questions. For that matter, I think we humans tend to react with our eyes, worldly ways/thoughts, traditions, and opinions of others .... long before we obediently react to the direction placed in our Spirit. Our faith isn't blind, and it does see!
But WHEN Lord! But HOW Lord!
I think the answer is simple .... go in the strength you have. Let Him do the rest.
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The LORD turned to him and said, “******Go in the strength you have******* and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending YOU?”