Not having written rules and commands to follow, Abraham lived his life faithfully following wherever God led him. Because of his trusting faith, God promised Abraham he would be significantly blessed. Abraham had faith God would keep all the promises he made to him, even when God told him to do something that went against his human logic. God tested Abraham to make sure he was as faithful as he appeared by instructing him to do something that made no sense and was culturally inappropriate. Abraham simply knew God would make things right in the end, regardless if the initial outcomes appeared bleak. Christians are saved by faith. Do you faithfully follow God like Abraham no matter how things look? Does God test and reward our faith today? What promise has Abraham not yet received from God and is still waiting for?
Genesis 22:1-19 International Children’s Bible
22 After these things God tested Abraham’s faith. God said to him, “Abraham!” And he answered, “Here I am.” 2 Then God said, “Take your only son, Isaac, the son you love. Go to the land of Moriah. There kill him and offer him as a whole burnt offering. Do this on one of the mountains there. I will tell you which one.” 3 Early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took Isaac and two servants with him. He cut the wood for the sacrifice. Then they went to the place God had told them to go. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey. My son and I will go over there and worship. Then we will come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the sacrifice and gave it to his son to carry. Abraham took the knife and the fire. So Abraham and his son went on together. 7 Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” Abraham answered, “Yes, my son.” Isaac said, “We have the fire and the wood. But where is the lamb we will burn as a sacrifice?” 8 Abraham answered, “God will give us the lamb for the sacrifice, my son.” So Abraham and his son went on together. 9 They came to the place God had told him about. There, Abraham built an altar. He laid the wood on it. Then he tied up his son Isaac. And he laid Isaac on the wood on the altar. 10 Then Abraham took his knife and was about to kill his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven. The angel said, “Abraham! Abraham!” Abraham answered, “Yes.” 12 The angel said, “Don’t kill your son or hurt him in any way. Now I can see that you respect God. I see that you have not kept your son, your only son, from me.” 13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a male sheep. Its horns were caught in a bush. So Abraham went and took the sheep and killed it. He offered it as a whole burnt offering to God. Abraham’s son was saved. 14 So Abraham named that place The Lord Gives. Even today people say, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be given.”