“He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.”
Genesis 22:2-3 ESV
Abraham was given a promise by God and then tested again as to the faithfulness of God by having to offer his son Isaac up on an altar. Can you imagine the burden of such a thing and yet Abraham doesn’t balk or bat an eye; he simply gets up the next morning and goes. Has God given you a promise but is now testing you concerning the promise? God may do this to keep us from worshipping the promise instead of the promise-keeper.
In this God was testing Abraham but it was also God’s reputation on the line. God had to keep His Word one way or another. Abraham went prepared to sacrifice because he knew God would keep His Word: either God would raise Issac from the dead or God would provide somehow. How confident are you in God’s promises? Do you believe God really can do anything?
As Abraham is found faithful so is God faithful to His word and promises. God used this event in Abraham’s life to illustrate what He would eventually do for all of us. When we are being tested let us not forget that our example is being used to point others to Christ as well. Although we are not going to be perfect examples, God can still use us to help others see His faithfulness, provision and confidence. Is God allowing a test in your life right now? How can you demonstrate your faith, hope, confidence and trust in God! We do so by being obedient all the way to the end.