The Test of Our Trust

July 8, 2022

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He received the promises and yet he was offering his one and only son, the one to whom it had been said, “Your offspring will be traced through Isaac.” He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead; therefore, he received him back, figuratively speaking.

Hebrews 11:17-19

Where Do You Place Your Trust?

Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads between your greatest earthly desire and the reality that it may not work out the way you want it to? No doubt you’ve dealt with a heartbreaking situation such as this. You’ve invested so much of your time, energy, and devotion into this great plan you have for your life. And now, you are stuck with the reality that it might just slip away. It’s the test of our trust, and it happens to each of us at some point or another.

So, who or what are we placing our trust in? If you remember the nursery rhyme about Father Abraham having many sons, then it may help you remember his story. There was a moment in time when his faith was put on the line, the test of his faith coming to pass. All he could do was simply trust in the God who said He’d provide those descendants to him. And Abraham chose to move in faith.

To Find Him Faithful

Abraham and his wife Sarah were old and gray by the time they’d had their son Isaac. This was a miraculous birth story in and of itself. But then God tested him. He told his servant Abraham to take his only son—the one he dearly loved—to the altar to be sacrificed. This was a big ask of a command. Abraham’s choice would prove the trust he had in God’s character, as well as the Lord’s ability to follow through on His promises.

Verse 19 says that he “considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead; therefore, he received him back, figuratively speaking.” Our example from this hero in the faith teaches that our willingness to give these great desires to the Lord will serve to strengthen our faith and give Him the opportunity to show Himself faithful. Even when it doesn’t look the way we hope it will. And especially when it seems like only disappointment will follow.

Leading Us Back to Jesus

The real miracle here isn’t so much that God provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice there in the last moment, just as Isaac was to be laid down on the altar. (Though, it was truly miraculous!) The greatest miracle was the gift of faith that Abraham had received, one that led him to believe in the God who had given him that promise all those years before. This is the same God and the same faith granted to us still today.

Abraham believed in God’s ability to provide for him not just on that day, but in the grand scheme of salvation for himself, his family, and his people overall. He didn’t know this redemption story in the same way that we do, though—that it’s through the name and person of the Jesus. He is the better, true, and eternal sacrifice for us all, and it is in Him that we experience salvation. The test of our trust leads us back to Him.

Now What?

Think about your own testimony, or the story of your faith. What in your life initially led you to Jesus, and then what tests of trust led you back to Him? If you find yourself in a difficult season of trusting in Him today, seek out counsel and community from fellow believers in the faith. He is leading you back to Himself through it all, proving that He is able to provide for our needs.