When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. – Genesis 22:9-10 ESV
God requires the PREMIER position in our lives. He is to be the one on the throne of our lives. He is the one who is to be our FIRST LOVE, our FIRST FOCUS and our FIRST PRIORITY! In the relationship that God had with His people during the EXODUS from Egypt where God went with them, HIS PRESENCE was with His people, He made it known how He felt about where He sits in the Hierarchy of our DESIRES: You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. (Exodus 34:14) And that is reaffirmed by HIS personal COMMAND in the TEN COMMANDMENTS, the very FIRST commandment, as He requires HIM to be our FIRST LOVE: Then God gave the people all these instructions. “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. “You must not have any other god but me.” (Exodus 20:1-3)
Leader, in the book of Genesis, chapter 22, God asks Abraham to offer up his only son- a son He promised to give HIM, a son Abraham waited 25 years to be blessed with- the SON OF PROMISE- God then said I want you to KILL HIM, for me! We must stop and realize the tremendous sacrifice God is asking of Abraham. God promised to bless all the nations through Abraham. Through the line of Abraham, God would bring about the nation of Israel, His chosen people. God had miraculously provided Isaac to Abraham and Sarah. Now God was requesting that Isaac be offered as a sacrifice. What a great sacrifice! Abraham was willing to lay down his most treasured possession in sacrifice to God. Everything we have is God’s. Whether a material possession, a talent, or monetary wealth, all of it is the Lord’s. So when God asks us to sacrifice something for Him, we should be willing to give it to Him. After all, it is His anyway!
Conduit, when Jesus walked on this planet, He made statements that show that anything in between your relationship with God and you is to be discarded:
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26) God is NOT breaking his commandment to honor your mother and Father- “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12) God is saying our relationship with Him is to RULE SUPREME! Sometimes we can disobey God’s command to sacrifice because we fear letting go. We misrepresent God about what is to be where. Conduit, when you sacrifice something for God, He will bless you far beyond what you gave! God knows exactly what you need, and He will provide it for you. He is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. He is the great I AM- He deserves to have TOP BILLING! “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). Today, put God back where HE BELONGS on your throne! He is NUMBER 1- everything else, is 2-1000. Amen!