Hold Nothing Back
The fear of losing someone or something very important to us will cause us to take some extra precautions. Many times we will hold back and protect those people or things we are afraid of getting hurt. I am very protective of my three girls and I will do anything to keep them from getting hurt. There have been times in the past when I have taken extra precautions to check a situation out before I let them be a part of it in order to ensure their safety. Most parents would do this for the good of their children.
There are times when holding back is not such a good thing. At times, I am afraid that we hold back from giving God our entire love and devotion because other people or the lure of things have divided our hearts and have taken God’s rightful place in our lives. There was a time in Abraham’s life when God wanted Abraham to know that he loved God more than anything else and that he would not hold back anything from God.
That time came at Mt. Moriah when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son Isaac. Abraham loved God so much that he had laid his son on the altar and raised the knife to kill Isaac when God said in Genesis 22:12:
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
God saw a true fear for God in Abraham’s life at that moment. God knew how Abraham would respond but I believe He wanted for Abraham to see it and experience it. What does it mean to fear God as the passage says? I believe it means a love, an awe, a respect, and a worship of God above anything else in this life. In the passage, God goes on to say that you have not withheld even your most prized possession from me. Abraham was demonstrating at Mt. Moriah that there was nothing in his life that he valued more than his relationship with God.
A true fear of God goes beyond just the big things of life but also encompasses obeying God in the little things of life. I love a quote by D.L. Moody that I ran across awhile back that speaks to this issue.
“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.”
What about us? What are we holding back from God? Are we doing the little things in life each day to show that we value our relationship with God over anything else? Do we truly fear God? If we do, then we will have a heart like Abraham. That kind of heart says: “Lord, you are worthy above all else in my life and I hold nothing back from you.”
I want to live a life that holds nothing back from God. I want to run hard after God the rest of my life. I want a heart that fears God and serves Him above all else.