Daily Bible Readings 28th November

What us God really calling us to do?

Something to read

Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, and he was called the friend of God.

James 2, 21-23 New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Abraham is held up as one who was justified by his works. But in drawing on this story, we may ask what Abraham’s works actually were. After years of longing for a child and being miraculously blessed in his longing, it would appear that his work is about the most appalling act of child sacrifice.

And yet, at the last minute, God intervenes and stops him. We are told that his faith is brought to completion by his works.

Perhaps it is through his works that Abraham comes to understand something new about God. Through his works, he realises that God is entirely different to what he had thought.

Scripture can affect our faith, but so can our experience. And perhaps the story of Abraham is an invitation to discern where we have experienced God in our actions and to consider what God is really calling us to do. The story would suggest that it will never be a path of violence.