The Fascinating Life we are going to look at today from Chuck Swindoll's book is Abraham. He is the father of the Faith and a man who is considered as a superhero of the Bible with possible challenges only from Moses or Jesus himself. Let us look at what God saw that was worthy of making Abram into Abraham..In Abraham we see a man who put nothing in front of God. He was completely surrendered to God's will and He would not sway a bit to the left or the right.

Don't Hold on too tight

We should not hold anything too tightly that God will have to engage in a tug of war to get top priority in your life. Sometimes in our life the top priority goes to our houses, family, sports and even movies. We have to release these from our grip and trust in God to be our everything. Yes, everything.. Our entertainment should be God. Please do not imagine God doing a drama for you. When I mean He will be our entertainment I refer to the Psalmist who says Your commands are my delight. Read the Bible, and get addicted to it as many of us are addicted to the things of the world. Saturate your life with the things of God like the world is saturated with sin. Let everything you do have a connection with God. When you work, do it as if God were watching you all the time. Then you will know the fallacy of putting things were God is to be. Here's what A.W Tozer said about this:

Before the Lord made man upon the earth He first prepared for him by creating a world of useful and pleasant things for his sustenance and delight. In the Genesis account of the creation these are called simply "things". They were made for man's uses,but they were meant to be subservient to him. In the deep Heart of Man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and things were allowed to enter. Within the human heart "things" have taken over.

Abraham's test was to see whether things had occupied the central Shrine meant only for God. He released his most prized Possession as he climbed Mount Moriah. His heart was filled with anguish the night before and I am pretty sure that he did not sleep that night. Yet, He was so quick to understand God's will and nothing inside him had the power to hold him back. Sometimes, we as Christians always like to use Common sense a little too much. Abraham only had faith, he knew that Issac was the center of all that God had promised and that there was no way God would take him away from him. He might have thought God would bring him back to life after the sacrifice. Look at his calm assuring words to the people who accompanied him - "We will worship and then we will come back to you". He says "we" will come back. What would you and I have said.... maybe something like this -"I am not sure why God is doing this. But, anyway I am going to do it and I will come back to mourn with all of you". Abraham showed clearly in his words, that although he was troubled he still believed in all God's promises to him.