FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: TRUST, THE BASIS OF TRUE WORSHIP
TEXT: GENESIS 22:1-19
MEMORY VERSE: JOB 13:15 “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him; I will surely defend my ways to His face.”
Today we come upon a somewhat difficult issue-one that many children of God will not do, thinking that Satan is at work, to place in our own context. Abraham, in obedience to God, had wanted to sacrifice Isaac, his only child of promise before God stopped him from doing so. It is noteworthy that Abraham considered sacrificing his only son on Mount Moriah as an act of worship (Gen. 22:5) and he actually sacrificed him in his heart (Heb. 11:7). However, he did not make that move in ignorance. What gave him such boldness? How was he so aligned with God that he didn’t even negotiate his plan with his wife, Sarah? Hebrews gives us the answer: Trust. “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead…” (Heb. 11:19).
It is only trust that can make a man stick unto God even to the point of death. Job understood this when he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15). In the same vein, Jesus willingly submitted to death, trusting that His Father would raise Him up. John 18:6b states that “As soon as He had said unto them (the soldiers and officers who wanted to arrest Him) ‘I am He,’ they went backward and fell to the ground.” This means that He would either have killed them or escaped with His power. Rather, He surrendered to them. This is the sublime demand of worship!
So, the next time you think of worship, think of laying everything at the feet of the Master, trusting that He can call the things that are not as though they were.
HYMN: EMHB 506 – MY SPIRIT ON THY CARE
PRAYER: Lord, today I worship You by relinquishing everything I’ve held back from You, reckoning that You are dependable and trustworthy to deliver me and work for my good.