Genesis 22:1-14 “Giving Up, Holding On”

During lent people often choose to ‘give up’ something for time. In our passage this week, Abraham is asked to give up the ‘Son of Promise.’ It doesn’t make sense, since through Isaac Abraham was to have descendants as numerous as the stars. God never intended to sacrifice Isaac, but He did intend for Abraham to decide what was most central to his life, The Promise or his life with God? What does relationship with God mean to us? Do we love God for the sake of the relationship or love the relationship for the sake of something else? Is there anything we need to give up so that we can embrace our relationship with God?