Into The Wild (Week 3)

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SCRIPTURE

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you” (Genesis 22:1-2 NIV).

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you” (Genesis 22:3-5 NIV).

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:9-12 NIV).

TEACHING OUTLINE

I think there are two kinds of people in the world: People who love the wild and people who hate it. Although nature is beautiful and terrifying, it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between the two.

Sometimes, we can feel that way about God. Sometimes it’s really hard to tell what God is like.

The problem with being confused about what someone is like is that it makes it hard to trust them. If you don’t have trust in a relationship, you don’t have much of a relationship.

And if God is the person who seems confusing, it’s even worse. We look at the circumstances of our life and think to ourselves, Maybe I was wrong about Him.

Back when Abraham was alive, people had even moreconfusion about who God is. People believed that the better their sacrifices were, the better God would make their lives. Since God had first called and spoken to Abraham, Abraham had followed and trusted.

Just like God knows when we have those questions, He knew Abraham was having them. What’s amazing about Abraham, is despite this request from God, he still continues to follow through on what God is asking him to do. God was beginning to tell the story that He was different from any other god.

In this story, God surprised the world and demonstrated His goodness. He showed the world that He is love and unlike any other God. Instead of walking away, Abraham let God shape the way he saw Him. What’s remarkable about Abraham is that in spite of being unsure, he still trusted and followed God.

God surprised Abraham. After God allowed Abraham to spare his son, how much more do you think he trusted Him? So let God shape the way you see Him. Jesus demonstrated that great love on the cross. It was the ultimate act of God not being distant!
Jesus’ death and resurrection was the final answer to your question, “Can I trust God?”

So as you head out today, I want you to think about what it would look like for you to trust God.