Then God said: “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love… there you shall offer him up as a holocaust…” —Genesis 22:2
February 25, 2018
2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 • Romans 8:31b-34 • Mark 9:2-10
Think of the one person you love the most in the world. Is it your spouse, child, mom, dad, a brother or sister? Maybe it’s a best friend or a cousin. Can you imagine if you heard God ask you to give them up forever? That would be the hardest thing you’d ever have to do. Yet, in today’s scripture, that is what God asks Abraham to do. Abraham is a great example of faith and trust in God. He didn’t understand why God wanted him to give up his only son, whom he loved with all his heart. But he trusted in God. In the end, we learn that God didn’t want him to give up his son, he just wanted to test Abraham’s faith and trust. I think he passed the test, what about you?
Lord, may we learn to have the same faith and trust in you that Abraham had, even when we don’t understand your ways.
Are there things in your life that God may want you to give up that would help you
grow closer to him?
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