Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18 of whom he had been told, “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” 19 He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead—and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
God made Abraham a promise. If Abraham would follow where God would lead, God would bless the childless Abraham and wife Sarah with children. Many children. After 20 years the couple finally had their first child named Isaac. Then before they had a second child, God asked Abraham to take his only son Isaac up on a hilltop to offer him as a sacrifice to the Lord. That’s right. Essentially God told Abraham to put to death is only child. Just before Abraham put the blade to his son’s throat to end his life, an angel of the Lord told him to stop. God didn’t intend Abraham to follow through on the act, but Abraham demonstrated he was willing to do so.
Sometimes when I read stories of great courage in the Bible I wonder if I would be able to do the same. In this case I don’t have to wonder. I couldn’t do it. No way. I’m pretty sure God knows this so I’ve never been asked to do something so drastic as sacrifice one of my children. But God has asked me to do other things that were challenging. God called me away from a career in business to a vocation in the church. When I prayed for the Lord to send me and my family to one place where we could put down roots and stay – God sent us to many different places. God called us out of our home state of Texas for six years to serve in North Carolina – where we knew no one. When we returned to Texas in 2013 we had to leave our son Nick behind in college which was very, very difficult. I miss him terribly. Every day. I could say more but you get the idea. And while these may not seem like big things to you, they are to me. What’s the point?
Faith involves trusting God as we are called to do difficult things under difficult circumstances.
Where is God testing your faith these days? Will you trust the Lord enough to say yes? Lord, let it be so. Amen.