Today’s Bible reading from the Five Day Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 21-23, Psalm 107, Mark 8
Imagine asking God for a God-sized request, something that only God could accomplish! Now, imagine Him giving that to you. You have three choices: (1) being thankful to God for answering, (2) taking the answer for granted, believing that God was obligated to answer in the first place, (3) turning that answer into an idol.
Genesis 21 is the fulfillment not just of a request that Abraham and Sarah had, but of a promise God gave to them that, after twenty-five years, He fulfilled. In Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to take his teenage son to Mount Moriah to sacrifice him. Why? “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me” (Genesis 22:12). God revealed Abraham’s heart that Yahweh was his true treasure.
When something is heavy on our hearts (whether it’s a hurt or a desire), that “thing” can so consume us that we begin to worship it–and that fulfillment can become an idol. God becomes a Santa Claus/butler/genie type of deity (which I would submit is no deity at all) rather than One who holds us and our future in His hands to do with what He sees fit as a sovereign, good, able, and faithful God.
In closing, Abraham is a picture of the Father, who did not withhold His only Son from us. God did provide that Lamb, the Lamb of God Jesus Christ on our behalf!