Have you ever wondered if God would have let Abraham go ahead and sacrifice Isaac? God asked Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering to him. He said nothing he simply set out to do it. He had no reason to believe that the end of this journey was going to end any other way than his son being dead. I’m fairly certain this was not something Abraham looked forward to. But what if Abraham had thought that the angel that told him to stop wasn’t from God? What if the angel presented himself in a way that Abraham’s idea of how an angel of God would present himself? What if Abraham chose to ignore the directions of God’s messenger because it didn’t fit his traditional idea of God’s actions? Could Abraham have killed his son because he chose his perception of sincere faith over God’s direction? Kind of scary to think about. It is real easy to get so locked in to the idea that the way you see things is the way they actually are. I think sometimes we get so caught up in that, that we overlook those messages from God that keep us from sacrificing things we love because we think that’s what we are supposed to do. All God really asks you to do is to follow His instructions as you understand them and then be willing to be corrected where your understanding isn’t lining up with the truth. That’s what Proverbs 16:9 is talking about when it says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” The only thing that prevented Abraham from sacrificing Isaac was the exact same thing that led him to do it; his desire to follow God at all costs. When God told him to pack up everything and leave to go to place that God would EVENTUALLY tell him about, Abraham packed up and left. If you will follow God in sincerity, let him guide your steps, and not just go where you THINK you are supposed to go, God will only ask you to give up what is absolutely necessary to know Him better. Become the Target.