Genesis 22:3 records that when God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son, whom he loved, Abraham rose up early in the morning and made the necessary preparations, taking his son to go to the place where God had told him to, to offer Isaac his son as a burnt offering. While this may seems so unbelievable to many, what makes this even more difficult to comprehend is that this account describes that Abraham rose up early in the morning to obey. We can only imagine if Abraham slept through the night or if he had a sleepless night, but if he had to rise up early, it is more likely that he did sleep that night. This could only mean that Abraham trusted God with even his son’s life.
Abraham did not hesitate to obey God but instead hastened (rose up early) to obey God.
Points to Ponder:
The timeliness of obedience is important. When God’s wants us to obey him, even if it means that we ought to sacrifice something, or someone, we love dearly, Are we hesitating or hastening to obey God? Like Abraham, let us rise up early to do what God commands us to do, believing and trusting in God.
Genesis 22:3 (KJV)
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.