If God appeared to you in a series of vivid and moving dreams and told you to leave everything behind, travel alone to the Red Sea and become a fisherman, what would you do? What if you were told to sacrifice your child?
I would love to sit here and write out his incredible answer letting the world know that I have the kind of strong faith it would take to pick up and move to the other side of the world to become a fisherman. But I don’t have that kind of faith. I would be incredibly skeptical. I would assume that these vivid and moving dreams are the result of eating some bad food or taking Ny-Quil or some emotional crisis that I’m not consciously aware of. Also, I’d question the fisherman angle, since I haven’t picked up a fishing rod in roughly 20 years. If I knew, and had the kind of faith it would take know, that it was truly God asking me to leave it all behind, I would go. There have been times in my life when I know I’ve ignored God, and yet He’s used those times. There have been times when I’ve clearly followed the path He’s carved out for me, and I’ve known the blessing that comes with it. I would have to trust that He knows what He’s doing.
I know the question is extreme, what with it being the Red Sea and all. But I think a lot of us would have a hard time trusting God in small things, too. What if it was a call to quit your job to take a position that pays less but allows you to do a lot of good in a lot of lives? You’re giving up your own comfort to help others. I know a career change isn’t necessarily a small thing. But it sure doesn’t seem as big as moving around the world to catch fish.
As for sacrificing a child, I believe this happens to people more often than we realize. Just because it’s not happening in the sense of Abraham walking Isaac up to an altar, dagger at the ready, doesn’t mean that parents aren’t sacrificing their children in some form or another. Back on my old blog, I had a good friend of mine write a guest post about a year ago. In it, she shares about how she prayed to have the same sort of faith that Abraham had, without understanding that this would require a great deal of sacrifice on her part. I won’t repeat her story here, but I do encourage you to click over there and read it for yourself. Life is never perfect, but I can honestly say that she and her children have come out on the other side of sacrifice stronger than before.
Well, what would you do? Pick up and move to the Red Sea? Sacrifice your child? It’s really just a question of faith, isn’t it?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.