Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Delight of Your Heart

If you read the account in Genesis 22, you see how Abraham offers his son Isaac to the Lord. 

Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” Genesis 22:1-2

The Lord doesn’t just tell him to offer his son for a burnt offering. He uses your only son(the one you have waited years for and the promised one) and by the way, the one whom you love.

God tested Abraham to see if he feared God. Abraham did and he passed. 

What can we learn from Abraham and what is God telling us?
  • Abraham obeyed without question. He rose early in the morning and went with his son.
  • He went willingly.
  • He obeyed all the way to the point of almost killing his only son, whom he loved.
  • He feared God.
  • He worshiped God.
  • He knew God would provide.
  • He had confidence in God.
  • He considered God is able to raise people even from the dead.
  • He trusted God. 

Through these points we learn one thing for certain. He loved God. His delight was in Him. He knew God was better than anything this life had to offer. This was a man that was meditating on the character of God. Abraham was consumed by the Lord and knew Him well. 

Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words become for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16

Abraham surrendered his intellect, affections, emotions, and his will when he was about to sacrifice his only son. The test was to find out what was in his heart and to put to death the things he wanted in order that he may desire what God wanted.

His loyalty and love for Him. His reverence for Him. His trust in Him. If you look at the list again, look how the character of our Lord is put on display. Isn’t that what He wants? For us to fix our eyes on Him, to look to Him for all things, and have complete confidence in Him.

The more we delight in the Lord. The more we meditate on His word. The more we love His law. The more we will love Him. We will never do it perfectly but it is the pursuit to do this on a daily basis.  

Let us behold the beauty of our Savior each day and praise Him for the wonderful things He has done. May our hearts and souls be drawn closer to Christ as we read His word, meditate on His word, and worship Him. He is our all and all.

Delight yourselves in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:4-5

I pray that we will be utterly and completely in love with our Lord. And our love for Him will be contagious to those around us.


  1. This has always been one of the most powerful and yet confusing Bible "stories" in my opinion. Powerful, because it illustrates perfectly how much Abraham loved God. Confusing because it feels awful that his willingness to follow God was tested in such a harsh way. But I love that our God is good and loving, so He never wanted Abraham to kill Isaac :) I think all parents should offer their children to God this way (not kill them!!!).

  2. Yes, it is a powerful passage. And I do love how much he loved God and I want to have that same heart toward Him as well. The confidence, trust, etc.