By Dr. Ed Young
Do you know the highest mountain ever climbed?
Most people would say Mount Everest at 29,029 feet. But if we’re talking about the highest spiritual mountain, it’s Mount Moriah. Abraham and Isaac ascended it in the Old Testament..
Do you remember the story?
Abraham was 100 years old and his wife was 90 when she got pregnant. They named the baby Isaac. But then, God does the unthinkable?
In Genesis 22:2, God tells Abraham…
“Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering.”
Wait a minute… Abraham was supposed to be the father of a great nation—a plan that depended on Isaac. Isaac was the one who was going to bring all the truth of God, the revelation of God with a new kind of people.
And yet, in the next verse, we read…
“Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.”
The VERY NEXT DAY! Abraham didn’t even need time to think about it. You know what I call that?
Abraham understood something that I feel like many of us forget: God is in control of life.
Some lives are brief; some are long. Some are tragic; some are full. Our purpose is to glorify the Lord, and we do that by seeking Him and understanding one thing: Jehovah Jireh—God will provide.
Perhaps you’re being reminded of this truth right now through the COVID-19 pandemic. In such a time as this, all we can do is have faith that God is in control and that He will provide.
Fortunately, God gave us some great examples of faith in the Old Testament to look to for guidance and inspiration—people like Abraham, Noah, Samson and Samuel.
The great faith of these men is the basis of my new 4-message series Knowing the Bible: Turning Points—which is my gift to thank you for your support. I know it will guide you to a place of deeper faith, which is something we all need during these especially uncertain times.