I have a question I want to ask you. It is a serious question and it has serious consequences. “Can God ask you to do anything?” By ‘anything’ I mean anything, and would you obey even if you don’t understand why? Abraham was a man who did just what God commanded him to do at great personal expense. He obeyed God even though he didn’t understand why God told him to leave his home and his country and he did not know where he was going. Do you trust God that much or is your trust contingent upon your understanding of what God is asking you to do? If God required you to give up something or someone you love , are you capable of saying ‘not my will but your will be done?’ Obedience is the foundation to your relationship with God. Your level of obedience is fueled by your level of faith, and if you believe and trust God unconditionally, you will have no problem in obeying God no matter what He asks of you.
Abraham’s faith in God was at the highest level. He did not hesitate even when he was told to offer his son as a sacrifice upon an altar, but it was because of his faith in God that he did not have to give up his son in the end. Abraham passed the test and was rewarded. Is there anything in your life that you would withhold from God? Can God ask you to do anything? Are you willing to lay everything that God has ‘loaned’ to you on the altar, and have the faith to believe that “God will restore it to you? God might ask you to give up something near and dear to you. God might ask you to leave what is comfortable in your life. God might ask you to give up relationships that will hinder you from totally surrendering to Him, but if you do, if you are willing to let nothing keep you from obeying God, you will discover that your reward will be great. God honors those who honor Him and what better reward for obedience than allowing you to receive what He has promised you?
Take an inventory of your level of faith. The Bible tells us that faith if the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. When you are able to say ‘yes’ to God at all times, you are living by faith – faith that will not go unrewarded!