We’ve all been taught as children that God knows everything we’re going to do even before we do it. What if we do bad things he is going to be angry with us and may smack us down out of anger. The question has been asked if God knows everything why did he let this bad thing happen to my loved one or me? The truth is, in the beginning before you were born he knew everything he wanted for your life. He had a perfect plan all laid out. Each step was like a map for you to follow. But as you grew older and begin to make your own choices, you either followed his plan by following the teachings of the bible or you made your plan. If you decided to make your plan according to the nature of man, you altered his plan. He gave you free will and often our will isn’t his will. God is not filled with anger when he doesn’t get what he wants and what he wants is you to come to him as an heir of all he has. He chose to give us free choice, he didn’t want a heaven full of robots who have no feelings of love. It is love that makes us choose him all over the world. It is love that creates a relationship. God would rather be able to say, welcome my child when we stand before him but he isn’t going to beat us into submission. He gives you two choices, a relationship with him or with his enemy and only you can make that choice.
You know how it was when you told a child to do or not to do something. Sometimes they followed the instruction and sometimes they didn’t. When they didn’t there were consequences for the choice they made. Sometimes the consequence was so bad that no matter how much you love them you couldn’t stop the cycle it set off in their lives because they refused to take your instructions. In the realm of life, every action has a reaction. Often our choices have hurt others without us meaning to harm anyone. Because of our free will, God has to wait to see what steps we take. It’s like a person who says I am going to do this but does something unexpected. He can see how this is going to end from the point you are at in your life at the moment. He can also see how it will end if you make changes in the other direction. But he will never force you to go in either direction. Like a good parent, he will try to reach out to you but whether or not you take his hand is your choice.
God knew Abraham loved him and trusted him. He also knew that Abraham and Sarah had waited a lifetime for Isac to be born. So to see how trustworthy and faithful Abraham was, God told him to offer Isac as a sacrifice. Up until the moment that Abraham lifted the knife to kill his only child that he had waited for his whole life did God have his answer. Up until that moment, Abraham could have changed his mind; he could have let emotions take over. But once God saw his intentions the bible says “for now I know you fear God” and God had an angel step in and stop Abraham. He also sent a ram to replace Isac as a sacrifice.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Abraham’s Faith Confirmed
22 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad[a] and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
One thing that is often misleading is the illusion that if you’re a Christian nothing bad will ever happen to you. If you were the only person on the earth this would be true but you’re not. Just as you serve God, some do not. Evil is all around us and some are ruled by it. The bible says it rains on the just and unjust.
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
The difference is that you have God to help you walk through the valleys and a sinner is on his own with no guidance. Wandering lost among life’s thorns and wild beast.