And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. – Genesis 22:1
…he said, Here am I, my son…. – Genesis 22:7b
And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. – Genesis 22:11
Abraham was no doubt one of God’s greatest Old Testament saints. He proved faithful time and time again, not questioning God’s direction. How many people outside of God himself do you know that would sacrifice their son because God simply told them to? Honestly, I doubt there would be many. Of course, God did not let him go through with it.
The response that Abraham gives in these three verses holds power. God presents a test of faith in verse one, and Abraham said, “Here I am.” I think about that and wonder what my response would be. Maybe, “God are you sure? You can’t possibly want me to kill my own child.” Maybe, “I must have heard you wrong. There is no way you could be asking this.” Don’t try to tell me that you’d readily agree on the first whim. If you would, then okay, you are more spiritual than me.
Abraham was a man of faith and a man of true character. We know that he wasn’t perfect, he lied at least twice and laughed at God telling him he and Sarah would bare children in their old age, but he truly had a strong walk with the LORD. Abraham sets a great example for us to follow.
When God asks you to do something, what is your response? Let’s say that he asks you to go to a foreign, hostile country and deliver the Gospel. Do you do it? Do you find reasons why you can’t? Do you merely try to ignore that voice in your heart? Do you say, “Here am I, Lord?”
Most of you are probably like me. You probably say, “Here am I, Lord” sometimes, and other times, “Are you sure?”
I remember when our junior church director asked me to teach. It seemed random to me and I immediately thought, “I don’t know if I can do this.” I wanted to in some regard, but in other regards, I doubted. I said okay. I worked with one of the other teachers for a while, and I dragged my feet about going on my own. Finally, I was pushed off the boat to swim. Now, I prepare to go to school and realize how much I will miss teaching them.
Another time was when the Lord convicted me to sing for the church. I questioned it, and my response was far from “Here am I.” I couldn’t believe He would want me to do such a thing. I was scared to death at the thought of anyone actually hearing me sing (still am, but learning to work through the fear each time). However, it reached the point I knew I had to do it. It would have been much better if I had just said, “Here I am,” to begin with. I would have overcome the trial quicker. Instead, it was a rough road of turmoil and panic attacks.
We all have our moments of surrender and our moments of resistance. Our goal should be to develop more moments of surrender as we grow. Over the past few months, I have been learning this ever-so-important lesson in life, and I do find myself saying, “Here am I,” more often. My prayer is to be like Abraham, for it to become a natural response all the time.
God will never ask us to do anything that would be wrong or immoral. God would never ask us to do anything that would not glorify and honor Him in some way. God would never put us in a trial of faith and abandon us. He will always be with us no matter what.
We need to learn to say, “Here am I,” and we will see the blessings showered down like Abraham did. God wants us to be blessed, but we need to surrender ourselves to Him to receive those blessings!