Daily Devotional for January 9
Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. —Matthew 7:24
Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac represents a faith that acts, not one that just talks. Anyone can say, “I trust the Lord,” but raising a knife to one’s most precious possession is proof of real faith. It is not enough to only hear the commandments of God—we must do them. James said, “Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless?” (James 2:20). There comes a moment in our lives when we must translate talk into an action that demonstrates the reality of our faith. As Abraham climbed the mountain of Moriah, his faith gave energy to his actions. In his mind he had reckoned that God was able to raise up Isaac, even if he died (Hebrews 11:19). Abraham’s faith risked all and lost nothing. Let’s step out in obedience. When we do, God will have the ram waiting in the thicket!