“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” Hebrews 11:17-19
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for graciously revealing here in the New Testament what was in Abraham’s heart in the Old Testament story where he was completely committed to sacrificing his Son for you. He believed that you would raise him from the dead. Since this happened on the same mountain where you really did sacrifice your Son for me, I can see that you too were comforted that you would raise Jesus from the dead after he died for me. It’s the perfect win/win situation. I get saved by that one supreme sacrifice and you get your Son back along with me and all believers. Everybody wins in your grace. Only you could pull it off. Because I have already won your grace, I will lose my life on earth in Christian service. You can give me ten thousand times more than I ever would need when I get to heaven. It all makes senses when I consider that heaven is waiting for me.
The greatest test on earth is the test to give up your best “bird in the hand” for God’s best “two in the bush.”