A man was walking along a narrow path, not paying much attention to where he was going. Suddenly he slipped over the edge of the cliff. As he fell, he grabbed a branch growing from the side of the cliff. Realizing that he couldn’t hang on for long, he called for help:
Man: Is anybody up there?
Voice: Yes, I’m here!
Man: Who’s that?
Voice: The Lord!
Man: Lord, help me!
Voice: Do you trust me?
Man: Completely, Lord.
Voice: Good. Let go of the branch!
Man: (After a long pause) Is anybody else up there?
Many of us are people of routines, things and/or people we depend on, trust, and believe this will never change. And yet sometimes God calls us to trust in something or somebody which is contrary to much we have grown to trust. The story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22 puts this dilemma at the ultimate level, and we think how grateful we are this happened to Abraham and not us. Abraham was tested, he obeyed, he trusted, and eventually he heard the cry of God. But there is so much more to this story than what we normally see or hear.
If you have time read Genesis 15-22 in preparation for this Sunday, looking at the life of Abraham, the provisions and promises of God, and the fulfillment we find in the One greater than Isaac.
We are told God tested Abraham. Look at these scriptures which also speak to different times of testing, and see what you learn. I Kings 10:1, Exodus 16:4, Deuteronomy 8:2, 16, Deuteronomy 13:3, II Chronicles 32:31, Exodus 17:2, 7, Numbers 14:22, Isaiah 7:12.
This sermon series on “Divine Exposures” reminds us God makes Himself known at just the time we need Him. The “cry” or “call” to Abraham is certainly one of those instances we can say the Divine Exposure came at the right time. The Psalms tell us we “cry” to God as well. Look at the following verses as the Psalmist speaks for us, and what do we learn from them? Psalm 34:17, 55:17, 72:12, 84:2, 88:1.
Can you think of any other times in the Bible when the “cry” of God fully revealed the living God to those who were alive at that time, and to us today?
Thank you for the privilege to be with you this coming Sunday, and let’s pray together for His glory to be revealed.