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.”
Genesis 22:1-2

Abraham is a great example of bold faith. In fact, God agreed to the point that He tested Abraham’s professed belief on Him a total of twelve times. Genesis 22 seems to be the most radical test of all: was Abraham willing to kill his one and only son Isaac just because God said so?

Few of us will say, “Yes, God.” But that’s exactly what Abraham did. He “saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac.” You and I would have probably taken a moment or two or three to sit up and complain. Are you seriously asking me to kill my own son, God? We might have even entertained the idea that the command could have come from the enemy. Is that really You, God? But not once in the verses did Abraham skip a beat. He saddled up the horse and went up the mountain, obeying and fully trusting in the will of the Lord for his life.

We all know the story. Before Abraham could strike his son down, the angel of the Lord stopped all and commanded him to not lay a hand on Isaac saying, “…for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” Some of you might be wondering what the point of this whole test was. If God knows all, why did He even have to put Abraham through that whole ordeal of possibly killing his only son? And remember, Isaac was not just an answered prayer for his parents but also the promise that the Lord would birth nations from Abraham. Such was the gravity of what God was asking. The answer for Abraham is the same answer for you and I today: the Lord wants not just our professed faith but our hearts. Our complete submission to His sovereign will and overwhelming love. God wants to know if we will

“hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

What or who is your Isaac today? Sometimes the Lord is just waiting to move mightily in our lives but first He wants to know if He has your heart. Is He asking you to give something up? Is He asking you to lay down your Isaac?

May we be like Abraham who heard God’s voice clearly, obeyed immediately and without question and was enthroned forever in the pantheon of faithful heroes (Hebrews 11). May we have the same bold faith to seek and answer God and trust that whatever it is He is asking from us, He will return so much more.

Written By:  Patricia Malay