By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
When we live like God’s promises are true, we can do the hard thing—even the hardest thing. And we can do so expecting God to come through. We can do whatever is required of us knowing that He will do His part. Because there will come those times in our lives where our faith is tested. It’s proven in those fiery trials, and there’s an opportunity for our faith to come out strong and solid because of that.
Abraham had lived for years anticipating that promised son. He had started out long before this moment with one step of faith when he left his homeland. He’d followed God faithfully for years. He’d communed closely with God and lived a blessed life. But surely in the back of his mind must have been that promise that Isaac would be born, and that would just be the beginning of all that was to come from that. And that great faith that had marked his life thus far led Abraham to that mountain and that moment where he stood with his son laid out as an offering, confident that death would not be the end when life was the promise God had given him.
We’ll all face these kinds of moments in our lives, even if they’re not of the magnitude that Abraham experienced. We face those all-or-nothing kinds of moments where yes means obedience to God and no means we turn around because it’s too hard or too much. There come those times where we have to ignore everything else—how we feel, what we think, what we can understand—and just believe what God has said and that He’ll work it out somehow. We each have to get to that place for ourselves where we come to understand that we can fully rely on Him and what He says.
Abraham was willing to step to the brink, the point of no return. And when he walked back down that mountain with Isaac beside him and they went back home, surely he was different than when he’d left. Those experiences can’t help but change us because they solidify our faith, they deepen our relationship with God, and they inspire us to keep trusting Him and to trust Him even more in our lives. Those hard things will come that test our faith, but may it be God alone who we trust to help us through.