“Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.””Genesis 22:1-2 NLT
The story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son has always been one of those that has bothered a lot of people. Why would God do that? This question is actually a mirror for many of the situations in their own lives. They ask, “Why doesn’t God deliver me out of this situation?” “Why would he Lead me here?”
To me, this all comes down to how you view God. If you see Him as vindictive or malicious you may have reasons for concern. However if you see God as a loving Father who wants good things for you, this story takes on a whole new meaning.
God wanted to continue to bless Abraham and expand His world. However, in order to give Abraham what he had never had before, God had to deepen his trust, faith, and obedience. The point was never to actually kill Isaac (which we can see in the story) but to show Abraham that even when you do not understand, you can still trust God. Just keep walking down the road and God will reveal what you need when you need it.
We can tell Abraham got it before the moment to sacrifice actually arrived. When Isaac asked where the sacrifice was going to come from, Abraham said “God Himself will provide the sacrifice.”
When you go through seasons and situations you don’t understand, sometimes the best thing you can do is keep walking. When someone asks you how it’s going to turn out, you say, “I don’t know, but I trust God.”
Too many people give up just a little too early when just around the corner is the key to the next level or God’s blessing in your life.
- Correct your view of God.
- Keep walking.
- When you don’t understand, that’s when faith comes alive