Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. … Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. Genesis 22:7-8, 13 (NIV)
Trusting God often scares us to death! We are trusting Him for the unseen, something in the future that is unknown (at least unknown to us). Living by faith is a lifestyle. It is a process, not an event. We never arrive at a point in this world where we can stop trusting God. Four times throughout the Bible God says, “the righteous will live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).
Abraham had passed the test of trusting God for the son he was promised. God tested Abraham to see if he would still believe, even if Isaac was taken away. Abraham eagerly accepted this new trial of faith, leaving “early the next morning” (:3).
- God’s command to Abraham required an act of obedience on his part (Genesis 22:1-2). Abraham responded by doing as God asked (:3-11). Faith and obedience are linked together. — Mark 1:14-20; Hebrews 11:8-10
- In life’s trials of faith, God’s answer often comes at the last minute. Notice when God stopped Abraham (:10). The following passages speak about God’s timing. — Joshua 3:14-16; Daniel 12:1-14
Question to ponder: Why do you believe God waits, often much longer than we desire, to answer prayer?
Passages for further study: Romans 4:20-21; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11