Sometimes waiting on God results in Questions…

Have you ever wondered what makes some things worth so much money? I did a search on the Internet of the most expensive things in the world. One of the sites that came up listed 25 of the most expensive things in the world. Everything from motorcycles to art work, even real estate prices per square meter.

Interestingly enough, though, the top item was a parking space in Manhattan which goes for $1 million. It boggles my mind to think that a person would pay what most of us would like to say we make in a lifetime for a parking spot.

I wouldn’t want to park there by mistake! Which brings me back to my original question, what makes something worth so much money? Is it the rarity of the materials used to make the object; is it the quality of the craftsmanship, or is it because of the artist who created it?

I believe that a person’s life is the most valuable thing on this Earth. I believe we are crafted in our mother’s womb by God Himself. I believe we are all unique and irreplaceable.

Job 31:15 says, “Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?” Being a father, I saw both of my daughters grow during my wife’s pregnancy through ultrasounds. I was amazed at the little heartbeat and the hands and feet as they continued to form. Nothing is as precious to me as my children. They are a part of me and that will never change.

I think of the story of Abraham and Isaac and the testing of his faith. I sometimes wonder what went through his head the moment God called him to sacrifice his son. Any parent would rather give their own life or everything they own for their children.

Yet, when God called, Abraham obeyed without a word. Genesis 22:1-2 says, “Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied. Then 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.”’ No questions, no arguments, no pleading for his son’s life. Simply obeying God and trusting Him.

Genesis 22:5 says, “He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’” I have heard sermons on why Abraham said that they would be back, knowing what God had called him to do. I think it is interesting that he used the word worship when he was going to sacrifice.

I think Abraham thought they were one and the same. Shouldn’t they be? Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.” All that God has done for us should only result in us sacrificing everything to Him and for Him.

Written by Aaron Stolarik