A Lesson in Faith

Published May 22, 2016 by LPCOC in Bulletin

When we read the account of Abraham and Isaac preparing to travel to the region of Moriah, we are able to see faith in action by the obedience to God that Abraham showed? Genesis 22:1-8 gives the full account of how Abraham had all the information from God regarding the sacrificing of Isaac, except for one. That one missing piece of the puzzle was: Would Abraham be able to sacrifice his son? In these verses, Abraham did not argue with God or even ask God to reconsider the request to sacrifice Isaac?

Gen.22:2 “Then God said, take your son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Early the next morning Abraham gathers up provisions for the journey. He takes two servants and his son Isaac. He cuts enough wood for the burnt offering and sets out for the place God instructed him to go.

On the third day Abraham sees the place from a distance and the servants are left behind to wait for their return. Vs.5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Abraham is positive that all will be well for him and Isaac because he has faith in God. At this point, Isaac has not asked any questions because he has faith in Abraham as his earthly father, who has always provided for him.

Now the true test comes, beginning in Vs. 6. Isaac notices a few of the items that his father has brought, wood (which he has Isaac carry) and the fire and a knife (which Abraham carries). The question of the day comes from Isaac in Vs. 7, “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.”

Every time I read this account, it renews my faith in God and hopefully yours too. In this life, God will provide answers to all of the situations that we find ourselves in. The hardest thing for us to do is to listen and not doubt and have complete faith that he will take care of us. In this account of Abraham and Isaac the greatest feature of the story was not the angel of the Lord calling out to Abraham not to harm Isaac or the ram that mysteriously appeared and was caught in the thicket, it was the faith of Abraham and Isaac and the presence of God. Their faith gave them the ability to weather the storm and the touch of God’s hand gave them the courage to be obedient to his will.

Today, we also can enjoy this rich blessing. As we face the worries and things unseen that overwhelm us, we should focus on God and the promise he has for us. With God and the presence of the Holy Spirit, we are comforted and able to go through anything. I hope this has helped you as you face the fear of the unknown. Vs.8 “God will provide!”

Love, Chuck

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