“Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey.” Genesis 22:3 (NIV)
I am not a morning person. I do not like to get up before the sun gets up. I think this might be part of the reason I homeschool. 🙂 I would much rather sleep in a little later, get up at 8am and enjoy the rest of my day.
I spent three months one summer at an early morning exercise class. I had to get up at 4:30AM in order to be there by 5am. I was so exhausted by the time the class was done at 6am that I would go home, crawl back into bed and sleep until 10:30am. Then, I spent the rest of the day trying to convince myself that I was actually capable of accomplishing something. No, I am not a morning person.
I don’t know if Abraham was a morning person or not, but on this morning he was. Let’s be honest, he probably didn’t get much sleep the night before as he was thinking about what God had asked him to do. I know I could’t sleep if God asked me to sacrifice one of my kids.
Early the next morning, Abraham loaded up his donkey and headed out. Why do you think he obeyed early in the morning? I have a couple of guesses.
First, obeying early in the morning didn’t give him time to talk himself out of it. I know when I first get up I can have great intentions for what I hope to accomplish during the day. But, after a little while I have talked myself out of most of it. When we delay our obedience it gives us more opportunities to choose disobedience.
Second, I think it gave him a quick getaway from Sarah. Can you imagine how you would feel if your spouse told you he was taking your son on a trip because God told him to sacrifice that son? WHAT??!?!?? Um, no. Maybe you should pray a little more. I’m sure that couldn’t be what God told you. Not MY son! Sacrifice that other son of yours. The one that I didn’t like anyway. (Ishmael) Leaving early didn’t give Sarah time to change his mind.
Finally, I think God’s commands were important to Abraham. I don’t think he wanted there to be one minute when God doubted that Abraham was serving Him. I think he loved God so much that he was ready and willing to obey no matter the cost. I think Abraham trusted God so much that he truly believed that God had a better plan and if God could give and God could take away, just maybe God could also give back.
Abraham wasn’t the only one who did things early in the morning. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
This was not a one time occurrence. Many times Jesus got up early to pray. Why? I think there are probably a lot of reasons, but I think Jesus knew, like Abraham, that God was worth it. It didn’t matter what God was asking him to do, he was willing to do it. He wanted to spend that time with God. He wanted to obey quickly. He wanted to make his Father happy and he wanted to spend time with Him.
Personal Reflection: Are you excited at the prospect of spending time with God? Do you wake up ready to obey whatever He asks of you?