Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”……Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. (Genesis 22:1, 2, 7, 8 NLT)
The Story of Abraham (and his Faith) was my turning point towards understanding God’s admiration for mankind, and more importantly His wisdom. In this story, we read how Abraham, the father of the Israelites, was willing to sacrifice his only son in order to please God. Abraham displayed no hesitation nor questioning towards carrying out the Will of God.
When I read this I could not help but to be stunned by Abraham’s obedience and God’s reasoning–“What justification is there towards killing your only son?” I was filled with so many questions; I could not even fathom the concept of killing your own kin. But as I continued to read further, I soon realized how dumbfounded I was to not question God’s teaching. Because in the end, God told Abraham to not kill his son–his only son.
God loves his children–including his son Abraham. And God has shown his love through acts such as this one and others like Noah’s Ark and Moses’ Deliverance [of his people] in Egypt. God has always warned his children of his powerful acts that will befall on mankind and, in doing so, he has protected and sheltered his children like a Father. From this story, I have also learned that I would have completely failed his test.
If I had to switch the life of Abraham, and God was to tell me to carry out His Will [to sacrifice my own kin], I would have failed in a instant. I would have placed my self-interest before God’s–and I would not be the only one to have failed his test. But it was Abraham’s faith [in God] that has shown me that human understanding is weak compared to God’s wisdom. Abraham’s obedience and his faith [in the face of adversity] has shown me “to be strong like the Mountain–for the mountain does not bow down to the howling winds.”
That is true Faith–to believe in something that defies human understanding. He believed in God and he remembered what God has provided for him. And he did not let doubt cower his mind.
This week’s spiritual lesson: Study’s God’s Teaching: Remember what he has provided for you [and for the Biblical Figures in the Bible]; and, Pass God’s test with flying colors in times of difficulty and adversity.
Abraham was a simple man but yet he defied the laws of human understanding; and became something more that he could have never imagined.
- Weekly Spiritual Digest – Faith (princesdailyjournal.com)