Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram behind him caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. (Genesis 22:7-13)
The way that our faith and God’s faithfulness operates is this. God will not reveal his faithfulness until we exercise our faith. Faith means going all in. It is an all or nothing sell out. You can’t be half faithful to God. You can’t be faithful part of the time to God. You can’t be faithful to God only when you feel like it, or want to be, or it doesn’t cost you anything.
As you go through life, you will find God will test you and he will stretch your faith and in the end he will provide. He always has provided, and he always will provide. Just like we read in today’s key passage, God provided for Abraham when Abraham was faithful, even to the point of giving up the son he had asked God to give him for decades.
So if you are ever asked to give up your Isaac just understand God will provide. He will not leave you hanging. He will come through, because that’s just who he is. He always comes through.
Dear Father, thank you for the example of your faithfulness and provision in the story of Abraham. I pray that you would help me to be faithful, even in my surrendering, as I trust you to provide your best for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.