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BORN FOR GREATNESS: When the teacher gives a test

QUESTIONS

1.  What is your Isaac?
2. It is easy to follow God when it lines up with what you can see, but it gets harder when what He is calling you to do doesn't make sense. What helps you find the courage to follow God in the commands that you don't understand?
3. How do you tune your ears to hear the voice of God in your own life?
4. Are there people you may need to separate yourself from in order to seek the call of God on your life in a greater way?
5. Is there a time in your life that you are thankful you knew the voice of God and submitted to His authority? Share about that time!

As Christians, sometimes we think that we only get tested during our struggles - that there will be no more tests after the miracle happens. We fail to realize that the mountaintop is where we have the most to lose, and will likely have to face the greatest tests. However, you can be certain that if God is testing you, it means that you already have the answers inside of you. Our God will never set you up for failure. He has prepared you and is trying to graduate you to the next level.
Through Abraham, we can learn how to walk out our calling. Abraham was promised that he would be the father of many nations. It took Abraham a long time to finally trust God enough to stop depending on his own ways and fully submit to the will of God. Through that submission, God gifted Abraham with Isaac, but years after receiving that miracle, God handed Abraham his biggest test.
God told Abraham to take Isaac, the very gift God gave him, onto the mountain and sacrifice him as a burnt offering. Abraham didn't argue with God because his relationship with God was at a place where he didn't have to question God's goodness or plan for his life. Knife in hand, Abraham raised his arm to fulfill that sacrifice, but before he could follow through, an angel shouted, "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 22:12)
God was teaching Abraham the ultimate test of submission. Submission is not weakness, but rather strength under control. God is looking for obedience under pressure. You might be powerful, but what good is that power if it can't be harnessed? Power out of control becomes a weakness. Thank God Abraham learned how to submit to God's authority in all of those smaller tests. He had enough experience hearing God's voice and was able to submit to it after being asked once.
Through that experience, God also taught Abraham the test of sensitivity. God taught him to see with his spiritual eyes, not physical eyes. God tells him to go to a mountain, but withholds the detailed directions. If you are walking with God, you're not always going to know where you're going. It's not always going to make sense. Many of us refuse to move until He reveals ALL the directions. We are so willing to follow Google maps one direction at a time, but we can't do the same with God. God wants you to trust his faithfulness. He wants to show you that he will always take you where you're supposed to be. He wants you to grow closer to him. When you don't know where your destination is, you check your GPS more often. God wants you to do the same with Him. He doesn't tell you everything so that you keep Him close enough to check in with each new direction.
God will also take you through the test of separation. Can you separate from the people who you thought you needed? Can you let go of the relationships that hold you back from fully submitting to God? As you obey God, even by choosing the people you surround yourself with wisely, there may be times where you may feel alone, but you are never alone. Begin to surround yourself with people who encourage you in the ways of God, and push you towards your calling. As you experience the various tests of submission, sensitivity, and separation, God's power will be with you and strengthen you, giving you the ability to obey Him and follow Him. Trust Him with all you are, and you will succeed!