Apostle Grace Lubega
Genesis 22:1-3 (KJV); 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. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
There are people who assume that they can give God anything until they are placed in the fiery furnace of sacrifice and have to make the choice between giving up their greatest attachments in obedience to God or disobeying Him.
This was Abraham’s experience. He was not asked to give up all his cattle, or all his lands or his servants, that may have been easy.
In testing his dedication, God went for what was closest to the heart, the child he received in old age after many years of the bareness of his wife Sarah.
This story is a lesson to us that God does not expect us to give Him in halves.
Abraham’s obedience was prompt, because as the Bible indicates, he rose up early the next morning to obey.
This was chiefly because Abraham’s heart already belonged to God. Because his heart belonged to God, there was nothing he could hold back from Him.
In Proverbs 23:26, the Bible says, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
Why does He require your heart? Because when you give your heart, you give everything.
God does not need your money, cars, houses or phones. He needs your heart because it represents all that you are. When God has a man’s heart, nothing else is too much to give.
FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 23:26, Psalm 119:2
GOLDEN NUGGET: God requires your heart because when you give your heart, you give everything. He does not need your money, your cars, houses or phones. He needs your heart because it represents all that you are.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for who You are to me. My heart and all that I am is Yours. I give it to You, holding nothing back. I know that You are dealing with me in ways that only you can, mending what is broken and uprooting anything that was not planted by You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.