Trusting God When It Seems Impossible
Earlier this month I recorded a guest appearance for a podcast that aired today. And on the day it aired, a friend happened to call me with a question regarding the same Bible passage the podcast focused on.
Hmmm . . . the topic is a difficult one: How could a compassionate God ask His follower to sacrifice—literally!—his own child? And further, how could we trust a God who would ask such a thing?
The passage in question is Genesis 22:1-14 (ESV), and it begins with a simple statement: “After these things God tested Abraham.”
Tested. The Lord placed Abraham in this position to determine one thing: Was there anything or anyone who competed with God for first place in Abraham’s heart?
For Abraham, the potential for making his son into an idol was real. For twenty-five long years, Abraham had waited for God to fulfill His promise. And when Abraham finally held that baby in his arms, you just know baby Isaac instantly became his pride and joy.
So to be asked to sacrifice his son went beyond the most difficult thing Abraham could imagine. Yet he set out in complete obedience, trusting God in the most difficult thing he would ever be called to do.
What about you and me today? Has God asked us to do the impossible? And in the process, is God working in us to trust Him when every natural inclination we have is screaming, “NO!”?
Check out the podcast conversation and leave a comment here on the blog!