1) The way of obedience will be long and arduous, you will not be able to predict what’s around the next rock, cliff, or turn. It will certainly be the hardest mountain you’ve ever had to climb.
2) Along the way, you will grow tired.
3) Along the way, you will grow weary.
4) It will require the sacrifice of the thing that you hold most dear.
5) People will think you are insane, even those closest to you, they will try to talk you out of it because they love you and they don’t want to see you go through yet another trial.
6) You WILL second-guess yourself.
7) You WILL cry and get angry with God, you will question him, question yourself, “Did I really hear that from Him?” But you will have to look back on what he promised you and cling tighter to that than anything you’ve had to cling to before.
8) You will have to speak out the word in order to have victory.
But let me assure you, having just been up that mountain myself, God will always provide:
-His peace in that moment
-His strength in that circumstance
-A physical manifestation of His presence and
-He will uphold you with his righteous right hand
Prior to the biggest moment, the point of no return, he will have to test you and prove himself along the way:
1) Hebrews 11:8-9: By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land, like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise
2) Hebrews 11:11: By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to be become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise
3) Hebrews 11:17: By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promise was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead (!)
Did you get that?! Abraham REASONED that God could do the miraculous, the UNREASONABLE.
Because he had done it before.
So I’ll tell you what was going through Abraham’s mind as he hiked up that mountain with his son: “God will provide a way, I went to a foreign county, away from my family, everything I knew and loved and he provided, Sarah was barren, there was no earthly explanation for us to ever conceive and he provided. The only thing I have to rely on is complete and utter obedience to God.”
To obey is better than sacrifice. (I Samuel 15:22)
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)