And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Gen 22:12 (KJV)
Don’t you wish you had faith like Abraham? He trusted God even though God did not make sense. This faith trusted that the covenant that God had made with him would be accomplished no matter how impossibly it seemed or requests made of him was against all reason. To sacrifice one’s own son, of promise, Abraham had to have faith that God would stop him or that God would raise Isaac back to life. How could he have such a deep faith that the impossible would happen? Is it even possible to have When we talk of great faith this is one of the passages that we refer to.
Many of the preachers that I have heard on this scripture would often tell us that all we needed was to have faith. If it seems that God is not answering our prayers then we just don’t have enough faith. They don’t go into how Abraham had gotten his faith although understanding his path to great faith may help us gain faith as well.
In the past few chapters, after Abraham had tried to help God fulfill the covenant God reminds Abraham that He will fulfill the covenant. When God promised an offspring Abraham had Ismael by a hand maiden. In chapter 20 Abraham call his wife his sister, she was his half sister. The walk of faith for Abraham has been marked with times of spiritual growth mixed with spiritual failures. We can assume that he had made many mistakes in his life and his ability to learn from them. Great faith starts with the understanding that even when we fail God will not turn us away nor desert us. Finally after a life time of learning to have faith in God it is strong enough to believe God can raise Isaac from the dead after he sacrifices him.
Can we have this faith? It will take time but we can also have this type of faith. Just as we mature into adulthood we have had time of successes and failures. For examples learning to walk, our school lessons, and our social skills. Our spiritual life must begin with our walk with God. Hearing the voice of God at first can be hard to distinguish from the many other voices we hear. Does the voice we hear match up with the word of God? Is this voice leading us to greater faith? As we act on what the voice tells us we are better able to distinguish God voice form all the other voices we hear. The closer we walk with God the better we know His voice and our faith increases. We may not notice our faith increasing but others around us will notice our faith. When we live as close to God as we can God will use our faith.