Go to Mount Moriah.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:3

I’m being stalked by a guy named Abraham. He’s following me everywhere – showing up in my Bible study lesson, being present at last Wednesday night’s prayer service, and appearing in the book I’m reading. What is it with this guy? And, what does he want with me? I finally realized that God has been trying to get my attention, and He has been using the story of Abraham to do it.

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. However, at 99, he was still waiting for his wife, Sarah, to have a baby. When he turned 100, though, the most amazing thing happened. He and Sarah had a son! Abraham’s greatest longing was fulfilled. Isaac soon became Abraham’s joy.

Years later, when God asked Abraham to take Isaac to a mountain to sacrifice him as a burnt offering, Abraham agonized over the Lord’s request. Why would God ask him to do such a horrific thing? The Lord was testing Abraham to see if he would choose Him over his beloved son. Although Abraham’s heart was certainly broken at the thought of harming Isaac, Genesis 22:3 says that he got up early the next morning to set out for Mount Moriah. Abraham knew that in order to obey the Lord, he had to place Isaac on the altar.

It wasn’t wrong for Abraham to love Isaac. The problem was that Abraham loved him a little too much. In the book, Counterfeit Gods, author Timothy Keller makes the following observation: “If God had not intervened, Abraham would have certainly come to love his son more than anything in the world, if he did not already do so. That would have been idolatry, and all idolatry is destructive.”

God is calling us all to release our “Isaacs” to Him. Whatever we give most of our time and affection to is usually a good place to start. For me, it has been exercise. The Lord has been showing me that my body has been my god. Exercise was an idol that needed to be sacrificed. I had to place it on the altar.

What idols are in your life? God wants to free you from them so you can know the joy and fulfillment that only His love can bring. Don’t be afraid to climb Mount Moriah. Go now, and don’t hesitate. Your Provider will meet you there and deliver you, just as He delivered Abraham.