“When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it.” (Genesis 22:9, NLT)
We seem to think that God wants us to give up things! God purified Abraham from this error, and the same process is at work in our lives. God never tells us to give up things just for the sake of giving them up, but He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing work having, namely, life with Himself. It is a loosening of the bands that hold back our lives.
(from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers)