ABRAHAM’S ULTIMATE TEST

Scripture Reading: Genesis 22:1-6

“Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.'” (Genesis 22:2)

What is the most difficult thing you have ever had to face? When was your faith tested the most? If we could ask Abraham these questions, I know what his answer would be. He would tell us to read Genesis 22. In this chapter God asks Abraham to do something that he would never imagined being asked to do. We are dealing with a difficult and troubling subject that is open to great misunderstanding.

While these things are true, I believe Abraham would tell us that this was the greatest event of his life. He would learn some amazing things about God’s love and His provision for guilty sinners.

From the time God called Abram out of Ur, He promised that He would make him a great nation (12:2). This promise was repeated and expanded many times throughout Abraham’s life (15:5,6; 17:5-7). God made it clear that Abraham’s hopes and promises were centered in Isaac.

Now we come to Genesis 22. Notice the way the chapter begins — “Some time later God tested Abraham.” We are clearly told that God TESTED Abraham. However, this was not only a test for Abraham; it was also a prophecy about the sacrifice of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We will look at this in more detail in the days ahead.

The Scripture is clear — our faith will be tested. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith — of greater value than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (I Peter 1:6,7).

The testing of our faith results in spiritual maturity — “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).

We must be prepared for the tests God may choose to give us. When we understand that these tests are part of God’s plan to mature us spiritually, we can rejoice when they come.

Lord God, thank You for the times that my faith has been tested. As I look back over my life, I realize how much I grew spiritually during some of the painful trials I experienced. Let me be prepared for the trials that may come my way in the future. I know they have a purpose and I will grow in my faith through them.

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