Obedience onto Giving
One fundamental question the bible ask us is "What do you have that you did not receive?". The life you have, the money attached to the life, your job, the cars, house and procession you have, the properties you have, which of them did you not receive from God? This is further legitimized in James 1:17 " Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
This is where our life and processions are coming from and so it becomes important for us to acknowledge that God is the giver of all the good things that we have, whether great or small.In acknowledging God, we have to remember that for God to actually bring us wealth, he had to apply a principle, which is giving. And so in John 3:16, we are told God so love the world, He gave his only begotten son, the perfect gift to us that who so ever believes should not perish but have the best of life.
In Genesis, we learn that it came to pass that God indeed tempted Abraham. But like the James account, when we are tempted, we should never say that God is tempting us because, God cannot be tempted, neither does he tempt us to sin. This is also to bring our minds to the work of the activity that God had to do in the life of Abraham because for God to tempt Abraham, it means he had to give him the greatest of challenge and text what Abraham has for God irrespective of the number of days.
After God has taken Abraham through such a painful experience of waiting, God availed himself and proved himself true to his word. Waiting is never cheap nor easy. Abraham also proved his faith beyond love by willingly offering his son Isaac for the sacrifice. Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Through this, God swore by himself to bless Abraham beyond measure because Abraham obeyed God's voice.
As God tested Abraham, expert that he will do same to you. This challenge can be found in Malachi 3: 10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
This message is also about our commitment and dedication to his course. He is testing us daily. Are you being faithful? Will you be faithful? Ponder over it. God is watching out for the Abrahams of our time, will you be faithful to that call?