The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
(Genesis 22:15-18 NIV)
I remember reading this passage and thinking to myself, Wow, God must be very pleased with Abraham! Read it again. These are some very profound words. God seems so moved. I believe that whenever we obey God, no matter how difficult it may seem at the time (Abraham was asked to sacrifice his only son!), it makes God very pleased with us because it shows that we truly love and trust Him. Although God was only testing Abraham, this test proved the depth of Abraham’s love for God. Jesus reminds us that if we love Him, we’ll obey His commandments (John 14:15). How much do you love God? I pray it’s enough to do what He asks of you.
The extent of our love for God is determined by the degree of our obedience.