Take your son, your only son – yes, Isaac, whom you love so much – and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you – Genesis 22:3 NLT.
God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations, that his offspring would be more than the stars. He waited so long that at some point his faith took a knock and he conceived Ishmael. Then finally the son God had promised was here and he named him Isaac. In his mind this was the beginning of the fulfilment of the promise.
God then tells him to sacrifice the son he had waited so long to receive, the one who was to be the fulfilment of the promise. The one who’s long wait had caused him to stumble. God was testing him to see if he served God for God, or he served him for the promises. This shows how a gift from God can become a stumbling block to others. How blessings can sometimes shift your focus from God and lead you astray. How the presence of the blessing might lead you to believe you are still in His perfect will for your life.
The blessings should be a bonus, and serving and seeking God should be the primary objective. The pursuit should be for God and not for blessings. Sometimes God can give you just a portion of the promise just to test your heart. To see who your true ‘god’ is. Abraham chose God over the blessing and as a result he became our spiritual father. It’s amazing how all the years of pursuing God came down to just one test and his response to that test set everything in motion.
1 Samuel 15:17 is a perfect example of how blessings can distract one from pursuing and pleasing God. Saul once lived to honor and serve God yet when the blessing came he lost his way. He was now big in his own eyes. How then do you make sure the blessings don’t derail your walk with the Lord?
Blessings should be a bonus, and serving and seeking God should be the primary objective