What a powerful moment that must have been when they knew without a doubt that they had done what God asked of them and that their sacrifices were acceptable and pleasing to God!
How often do I hem and haw over what God's will is and wonder if I've really done what He asked? Did I hear Him right? Or is it just my own preferences or ideas hijacking my communication with the Almighty? Was I fully submitted to His will, or was I really just trying to get a divine thumbs up on my own plans?
God's will is not an Easter egg that He is hiding from us and watching as we search under every bush and try to find it, laughing at us as we get "hotter" or "colder."
God wants us to know what His will for us is. And He makes His will for us known, with great clarity, in His Word!
But what about all our questions that aren't clearly answered in His Word, questions specific to circumstances in our life at this moment? What college to go to or what field to study? Which house to purchase or which job to take? Or just which restaurant to visit for dinner?
I recognize the voice of my husband and my children because I've listened to them daily for many years, I love them, and I desire to understand them and to know them better. I love hearing them share their lives with me. And I love sharing my life with them.
God is our loving Father. He loves spending time with us. He loves hearing us share about our lives (even though He already knows all about them...even more than we know).
When we regularly spend time with Him, we learn to recognize His voice. We hear Him whisper, "this is the way, walk in it." The more time we spend, the clearer His voice becomes, and the more clearly we see the glory of the Lord and know that the sacrifice we've made, the one mentioned in Romans 12:1, is good and acceptable to Him.