In the previous article we considered Abraham’s decision to let go of his son, Ishmael. His son Isaac had been born by the time Ishmael was sent away. Isaac was growing and doing well. Right at that very moment, Abraham was faced with his sternest test as a leader and follower of God. He was commanded by to pay the ultimate price. God told him to take his only son, whom he loved, to a mountain and sacrifice him there.
To most of us this would be preposterous, unthinkable. We would take the view that it probably wasn’t the voice of God, but rather that of the devil. However, Abraham obeyed, and willingly made the journey, taking his son Isaac and his servant. At the final summit, he left the servant behind, taking only his son and the wood for the sacrifice.
Arriving at the peak of the mountain, Abraham lifted his sword to offer his only son as a sacrifice, in absolute obedience to the word that God had spoken to him.
It was at that moment that the voice of God boomed, saying, ‘Do nothing to that child’. Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket. He took the ram and offered it as a sacrifice to God instead of his son.
We see parallels between this decision and the one which Abraham had to make in the previous chapter regarding his son, Ishmael. In sending his first son away, Abraham had effectively killed or lost him. We see him being asked by God to repeat the pattern in relation to Isaac.
Perhaps you have been challenged by God to let go of something precious. Why don’t you willingly pay the price?
The leadership journey is such that often the leader is called to pay the ultimate price in order to win the ultimate prize. Perhaps you are reading this and faced with that self-same challenge. If indeed God has spoken to you, He will vindicate you. If you are willing to pay the ultimate price, God will give you the ultimate prize.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.