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Swallowing Frogs

God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. – Genesis 22:2b-3 (NIV)

Abraham was told to do something he really didn’t want to do – sacrifice his promised and long-awaited for son, Isaac. He did not put it off, drag his feet, or delay but arose early.

If you must do something you really don’t want to do, it’s better to get it over with as soon as possible. My dad had a saying, “If you have to swallow a frog it’s best not to look at him too long!”

True obedience is early obedience.

– fritz

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“Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the LORD … Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide …” (Genesis 19:27, 24:63a)

Men and women of God, from Abraham and Isaac through the centuries to today take time to get alone with God.

Abraham’s time was in the mornings at a scenic overlook; Isaac’s in the evenings in the fields. It’s not what time or where that is important but the consistency and privacy.

Suzanna Wesley, unable to leave the house because of responsibilities for her 19 children (John and Charles being two of them), sat in a chair with her apron over her head – all because there must be time alone with God for every believer.

Jesus said to go to the closet to pray in secret.1 Your closet may have four wheels and your time may be on the way to work, but take time every day to get alone with God.

– fritz

1 – Matthew 6:6

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