Every Christian wants to be able to say that we have been, and continue to be, a faithful servant to the Lord. Sometimes it’s hard to compare our faithfulness to those in the Bible, because we don’t necessarily have the same connection to Jesus as they had, but can we still exercise faithfulness? Can we still show our commitment to the Lord’s plans through our everyday lives?
As archery hunters, we all look forward to the same two weeks year in and year out. The rut. After all, that short period in November is why we hunt. It’s why we put in all of the work that we do, and it’s why we do the borderline crazy things that most other people just simply don’t understand. If we’re honest, it’s probably why you save your vacation days every year. It’s what every bowhunter lives for. But what if one year the Lord said he wanted you to give up those two weeks and go spread His Word? Could we give up the one thing that we love the most to do the Lord’s work? How truly faithful are we to the Lord? Are we only faithful when it’s convenient for us, or are we committed to His plan every single day, regardless of our own circumstances. We need to understand that God has a plan for each one of us, and our faithfulness to Him and to His plan is instrumental, even if it means giving up something that we adore.
One of the most gut-wrenching stories found in the Bible is that of Abraham and Isaac. The Lord commanded Abraham to take his son Isaac, his only son, and sacrifice him on the mountain. I don’t know about you, but I’d certainly be conflicted. The Lord is asking Abraham to give up his pride and joy as a sacrifice, for a reason that hasn’t really been told. Instead of arguing with God, Abraham obeys, because he realizes that it is his duty to be faithful to the Lord’s, even when he doesn’t understand. As he goes to sacrifice his son, the Lord sees Abraham’s faithfulness, and provides a ram to take the place of Isaac. The Lord will reward our faithfulness to Him in hard times. Matthew 25:21 says this, “His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” So, are we like Abraham, who takes his faith in the Lord to heart? Or are we only faithful when it’s convenient?