What if someone dear to your heart asked you to place your most prized possession in a clean trash can? Would you do it? Your response reveals how much you trust this person.
Read Genesis 22:1-13
God ask Abraham to do something similar with his beloved son, Isaac. Because Abraham willing did what God asked, he was considered righteous. You see God never intended to have Abraham kill his son. It was a test to see if Abraham trusted God.
Why must trust be tested?
If you were quick to obey, it means you value and trust that person more than the object you placed in the trash can. This is a sign of an authentic relationship. But if you did not place the object in the trash can, it means you don’t trust the person who asked you to do this.
God is asking each of us “do you trust me?” Our response determines how much we trust Him.
At the end of Abraham’s test, Isaac remained. He was not taken from Abraham at all. Notice Abraham’s test was to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. This was all God told Abraham. Now think about this for a minute. God gave Abraham only one step of His plan. God did not reveal the whole picture upfront. If the whole thing was revealed up front there would be no reason for trust. Abraham would have known how it worked out and he would have just gone through the motions without any internal struggle.
God wants us to trust Him. He will ask us to do something we don’t want to do. When He does it is like Him asking, “do you trust me?” We won’t know how it works out, but we are asked to believe it will. God loves us and wants what’s best for us.
Without the internal struggle to decide to trust, we would not be drawn closer to God afterward. You see, when we obey, we are testing God to see if He is real. When we obey, the end result proves God’s intentions towards us are pure, right, and true. But if we never obey, we miss the opportunity to find out how pure, honorable, right, and true God is.
So what has God asked you to do lately? What is your response? Are you willing to trust Him?
Take courage! Though the watery trials may get you wet, He is with you and won’t allow those trials to overflow you.
Lord, thank you for the trials and tests. Thank you for your love and patience. Help us to trust in you more with each trial. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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