In Genesis 22, Abraham, God’s most faithful servant at the time, is faced with a tough decision. He had been promised a child but had to wait for that promise to be fulfilled. It seems to me that that shouldn’t have been a difficult wait. After all, he knew God well enough to know that He was faithful and trustworthy. In the past, God told him commands and he immediately obeyed them. But he and his wife Sarah make some mistakes during this season of waiting. They became impatient and make some poor choices that have had some serious consequences. In the end, God blessed them with Isaac, His long awaited promise. The birth of Abraham’s son made him the Father of many nations.
So, we’re good right? That is probably what Abraham and Isaac thought. They weren’t totally wrong. There was one more test of trust. I honestly don’t even think that the test was for God to be reassured. He’s God. He knew Abraham’s heart because He created him. I think the test was for Abraham so he could know his own devotion to God.
In verse 2, God asks Abraham to go to the top of Mount Moriah and sacrifice Isaac. That’s a pretty big command! The next verse tells us that Abraham and Isaac arose early in the morning and went to the mountain. Something odd happens before they venture to the top, Abraham says to his servant, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
Somewhere inside he knew that God wouldn’t let him kill his one and only son.
Somewhere inside he knew that God would provide another option.
Somewhere inside he knew that God was true to His Word.
What is it like to be in that place in your relationship with God? Abraham was there. He did the next right thing. He obeyed God’s commands immediately whether they made sense or not. He was radically faithful. And God blessed Him and showed Him favor and provision. God provided a Ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.
Let’s get there friends! Let’s be people who trust without answers. Let’s be a people who trust God to be God.
In what area of your life do struggle with trusting God the most?