C2C, Part 13: The Greatest Test

God’s promise to give Abraham a son was not forgotten, and Sarah gave birth to Isaac (Genesis 21). Abraham’s faith was rewarded. But even more important than Abraham’s faith is the faithful God in whom he trusted.

“Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham . . .” (Genesis 22, NASB). God was testing Abraham to see if he loved Isaac more than he loved God. How shocking this must have been to Abraham. Why would God finally keep His promise to give him a son and then ask for Isaac back? Even though Abraham was told to offer up his son, his only son, the son whom he loved (Genesis 22:2) as a sacrifice, he knew God could be trusted. God previously said that He would make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15:5). God had promised to send the deliverer through Isaac. Abraham had put his full trust in God.

God can be completely trusted; He had a rescue plan in mind. Abraham passed the test and God provided “a ram caught in the thicket by his horns” which was offered up in Isaac’s place (Genesis 22:13). Abraham also believed that God would send the Deliverer to rescue mankind from the power of Satan and from the punishment of sin.

“Many years later, another Son [DID] climb another hill, carrying wood on his back. Like Isaac, he [DID] trust his Father and do what his Father asked. He [DID NOT] struggle or run away. Who was he? God’s Son, his only Son—the Son he loved. The Lamb of God.”

–The Jesus Storybook Bible

God can be trusted with whatever you may find yourself going through. Whether Covid continues to rattle your peace, or some other difficulty is looming large, God is worthy of our trust!

The Bible clearly states it is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). God helps us learn to trust Him by the things we experience in this life. Consider the following passages of Scripture:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness . . ..”

James 1:2, ESV

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial . . ..”

James 1:12

“The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”

Proverbs 17:3

“So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 1:7

Are you being made ready for that trumpet call (2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:7-14; Galatians 3:26-29)?

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