By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”
Abraham and Sarah had waited twenty-five years for this boy. He was a miracle baby born when they were way too old. In The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg wrote:
"Take this child born in the geriatric ward, for which Medicare picked up the tab, this child named Isaac—which means “laughter.” Abraham and Sarah laughed at first because they didn’t believe; they laughed at the sheer impossibility of it. They laughed because they were told they would have a son when they reached an age when they didn’t even dare to buy green bananas.
And after the child was born, they laughed because they did believe. They laughed that when Sarah went to Wal-Mart, she was the only shopper to buy both Pampers and Depends. They laughed that both parents and the baby had to eat the same strained vegetables because nobody in the whole family had a single tooth."
Yet God was now calling Abraham to sacrifice this boy. It seemed crazy. But Abraham had walked with God a long time. He knew that God was God, and that he, Abraham, was not. He knew that God could be trusted even in impossible situations. Abraham obeyed God. He prepared to do the unthinkable.
At the very last moment, God stopped him. Abraham discovered again that God could be trusted. Do you know that God is God and you are not? Do you know that God can be trusted? Even when what He is asking you to do seems outrageous?
In a ChristianityToday.com entry, the writer Brennan Manning described how much God loves it when we trust Him:
The splendor of a human heart that trusts and is loved unconditionally gives God more pleasure than Westminster Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, the sight of 10,000 butterflies in flight, or the scent of a million orchids in bloom.
Trust is our gift back to God, and He finds it so enchanting that Jesus died for love of it. Father, may we be a people who delight Your heart because we trust You.