“He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.'”
God intervenes when Abraham is about to sacrifice Isaac, saying that the episode was meant to prove Abraham’s fear for Him. But God, being all-seeing and all-knowing, must have already seen the result of His request. Part of His intent must have been to illustrate to Abraham the extent of his faith in order to bolster it.
When we are put through trials or challenging circumstances, we often see them as hindrances to our goals. God uses these times and trials not only to test our faith, but also to prove to us that our faith is still in Him and to encourage our spirits. When we recognize where our hope and trust is, we garner new perspective and are more apt to give God due praise through our current experiences and in the future.
Lord, You aren’t testing me simply to make me struggle; these struggles make me more resolute in my aim to glorify You. They remind me where my allegiance is, and also that my trust is well-founded.
What else can we learn about the Lord from Abraham’s sacrifice? Has God ever asked you to give something up only to show you that His goal was gaining Your trust? Please share your thoughts below!
This Week’s Reading Schedule:
1/23: Genesis 18-19
1/24: Genesis 20-21
1/25: Genesis 22
1/26: Genesis 24
1/27: Genesis 25:19-34; 26