the most important question we ask of this text (the Bible) is not "what does this mean?" but "what can i obey?" abraham's only choice was whether or not he would take isaac up the mountain. moses' only choice was whether or not he would confront pharaoh in egypt. peter's only choice was whether or not he would step onto the waves after Jesus said "come". what would happen on the mountain and in egypt and on the waves was not their concern. their courageous obedience to the simple, clear instructions was the one test that stood before them...the question is this: when God speaks, will i obey?
why do i think i know what's best for me? why do i question God's commands or analyze what could happen if i do or don't follow His lead? doesn't it make more sense that the One who created the universe, the One who is the universe, the one who knew me before time and loves me more than i can imagine would know what's best for me? definitely.
not to say God is put off by some of my questions. much of what He says is mysterious and full of deep meaning. that's why he's God and not me. but isn't a lot of what He says very clear? specifically that He says "trust Me". it can't get much more clear than that. easier said than done? yes. but i'm trying :)