9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
-How do we face the trials of life? With anxiety and worry? Fear blind and panic-stricken? There is a better way to handle our hardest days. Consider Abraham’s example here in scripture. He has just been asked by God to sacrifice his son, his only son, on the altar. He is building the very altar where he plans to end his son’s life in obedience to the Lord. Notice verse 9, “and he put the wood in order”. It’s a simple phrase but consider the implication. Abraham wasn’t throwing the altar together in a grief induced frenzy, neither was he slinging the wood down in anger at the action he was asked to take, rather, he approached the task with focus and order. That is the gift of God; “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) If you are manifesting anything other than power in your circumstances, love in your heart, and soundness in your mind; it is important to realize that you didn’t get that from the Lord.