And Abraham named that place The LORD Will Provide, so today it is said: “It will be provided on the LORD’s mountain.” (Gen 22:14)
Genesis 22 presents the story of Abraham being told to take his son Isaac to a mountain to be sacrificed. This story troubles many who read it. Why would God ask such a task from anyone, they question. However, the lesson of the chapter can be found within the context of the story of Abraham.
Abraham and Sarah are well in age when they received the promise that they would have a son Isaac. In fact the conception of Isaac and his birth is a forgotten miracle in the Bible as Sarah was beyond the age of having children.
God promised and delivered on the promise that Abraham and Sarah would have a child and Abraham would have descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky. In Genesis 22 when Abraham is asked to take Isaac, his promised son and sacrifice him he does so without question. Why? Because he has faith that God will deliver on his promise even when he was not sure how God would deliver.
When the Angel called out as Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac it is not surprising Abraham stopped and did not seem to be caught of guard by the intervention of God. His faith is amazing and Abraham demonstrated his fear of God through his obedience. Abraham trusted God even with the thing he loved most, his one and only son with Sarah.
Fast forward to the modern world. Is there anything that we are afraid to withhold from God because we lack faith that God will provide what He has promised. Remember the words of the angel, “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” (Genesis 22:12.
To fear the Lord is to not withhold anything in our lives from Him. This is the lesson of this event. God wants your all. He wants your most precious things you hold dear in life trusted to Him. When we do we show that we fear the Lord, and always remember even when we do not see we can have faith that the Lord will provide.