This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of The...
But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven,
“Here I am” he replied.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Abraham looked and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the place ‘The Lord Will Provide’. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Abraham had problems having children. He wanted a son so bad that he even slept with a servant so that he could have a child. When God finally blessed him with Isaac in his old age he was more than overjoyed. So needless to say Abraham was disturbed when God told him to go and present Isaac to Him as a sacrifice. Most people would do anything to protect their children. There have been reports of mothers who lift cars to save their children from harm. So you can imagine that Abraham would have been reluctant. But he had enough faith to trust in God and do what the Lord said. He packed up everything that you need to make a sacrifice and took his son along. When he arrived, he strapped his son down to the altar and prepared to sacrifice his son. Incredible faith. Just before he was about to kill Isaac, the angel of the Lord called out to him and told him not to harm the boy. This was simply a test of his faith. Abraham looked in the bushes and there was a ram caught by the horns. God had saved his son and provided a significant sacrifice.
Most of us claim that we have faith and that we trust God, but do we really trust God? Most Christians tend to trust God the way that people trust a boyfriend or a girlfriend. They trust Him as long as what He is doing makes sense, but as soon as something outlandish happens and blind faith is required they become skeptical. We start to think “Do you really know what you are doing, God?” We must learn to have blind faith. I have had a few times when I couldn’t see any logical way out of my situation and I was not receiving any instruction from God. I began to think, “Is this gonna be the time when God doesn’t bless me?” “Has my favor with the Lord finally run out?” “Is God about to punish me for _____?” I’m sure that we have all had those thoughts before. In those situations, when I allowed myself to have blind faith and trust God, things always worked out and I was amazed by God’s power. It is easy when you can look at an issue and see a logical way out of it or a good solution and trust God to do His part to provide for you. Because you can see the answer you trust God to see it as well. But it is when you cannot see the answer and your brain is telling you “There is no way out of this one” that you must have TRUE faith. Abraham didn’t see anyway around sacrificing his son. That is what God had asked him to do and he had no other sacrifice. So although he didn’t understand why he stayed on course and did what he was supposed to do. God not only spared his son, He also provided a ram in the bushes for Abraham to use in the sacrifice. This is where the old saying comes from “God always has a ram in the bush”. It means that God is going to provide for you, but you have to trust Him even if you don’t see or understand how He is going to provide.
Learn to TRULY trust God and not just trust Him when you can clearly see what he is going to do for you. Lean on Him and trust Him not to let you fall.