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
I remember myself once in the Abraham’s shoes: I believe God’s asked me to give up relationship with a girl I have already fell in love with. Man, did I struggle! By His grace only was I able to obey believing that God will either stop me, or miraculously restore the relationship I was about to stop. And He did restore, but only after I showed obedience. We have been married now for 21 years.
Hi K… Yes, it’s obedience first, then we will know the will of God. We want to know God’s will and then decide if we want to obey. God reminds us that we know enough about His character and ways already to make a faith decision to obey Him and then He will disclose the details.
Indeed, our obedience in faith — is an expression of our love to Jesus, and leads to further revelation of God and us knowing Him better by experience, John 14:21. So precious!