In Genesis 22, God tells Abraham, “Take your son, whom you love and go to region of Moriah.” (Gen. 22:2) At first glance, this appears to be a fun father-son camping trip. However, the next part of this verse states, “Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” (Gen. 2:22b) This verse has always been upsetting to me. God acknowledges the love that Abraham has for his son and yet commands him to sacrifice Isaac. It has always left me with the question, “What kind of God would command Abraham to do such a thing?” Another equally upsetting part of this story is that Abraham goes along with this. He does not argue with God or even offer an alternative; he begins to prepare for the journey and the sacrifice.
As the story unfolds, we start to see that this story isn’t really about Abraham showcasing his love for God. I don’t think there is anyone that would doubt Abraham’s love for his creator. However, what this story really brings to light is how much Abraham trusts God. Even until the final moment, (Gen. 22:9-12) it is evident that Abraham does not believe that he is going to have to sacrifice Isaac. In verse 8, Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide. What happens with this story is that we are often so focused on Abraham’s love for God that we overlook his trust in God.
In our present time, there is a lot of uncertainty. You may find yourself wondering how God will provide or help you in a circumstance or situation. However, in these times we need be like Abraham and trust God in the uncertain. When God does provide, and I believe that God will, we need to be willing to participate.