After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. (Genesis 22:1-3)
Wow! I can’t imagine a harder test than God asking for one’s child, especially after years of barrenness.
Now God abhors child sacrifice, but at this point the Law had not been given. Furthermore, Abraham had come out of idol worship so he did not know this aspect of God’s character. So when God asked for Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham had no reason to doubt that God would require exactly that – Abraham’s only son on the altar.
Abraham’s response was immediate. Me? I like to dawdle in response to what I deem a hard, or unpleasant, request from God. This passage challenges me in regards to the immediacy of my response.
Sometimes God requires hard things of us, and other times His request appears hard because we simply can’t see how He will provide “the sacrifice” so to speak. This should not slow our steps.
God provided another sacrifice for Abraham to offer in keeping with His character. We can trust in God because we know His character from Scripture and from our ongoing relationship with Him. When you do not understand how God will provide what’s needed for a task, we can still take the first steps in faith. As we act upon His call, He will provide what is needed.
Be quick to walk out what God asks of you, entrusting the details to Him. What is He asking of you that you haven’t taken steps towards? Is it sitting at His feet amidst the busyness of life? Is it starting a fellowship group? Is there a business opportunity He wants you to step into that seems daunting? Has He been challenging you to live generously when you feel poor?
Be quick to respond, leaving the details up to God.