God won’t settle for being the part-time Lord of your life. He wants you to trust Him completely. How far does this go? Well, there is a certain story from the Bible that illustrates the extreme trust God wants each of us to have in Him (and Him alone).
An Extreme Trust Test
Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am. Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Genesis 22:1-2 NLT
I don’t know about you, but if I heard a voice telling me to sacrifice my only child, I’d be pretty sure I had gone completely mad. Even if I thought it was God, I would find a way to convince myself that it wasn’t and move on.
However, Abraham had extreme trust. So, the Bible tells us that the next morning he saddled up his donkey and took Isaac to the mountain where God told him to make the sacrifice.
That had to be a long trip for Abraham. He had to be thinking, “Is this really what God wants me to do?” You see there’s even more to the story here. If you back up a few chapters in the Bible, you find this promise that God made to Abraham:
No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
Genesis 17:5-6 NIV
Isaac is Abraham’s only son. How exactly is Abraham going to be a father of many nations if he sacrifices his only son as a burnt offering? This had to be a question in Abraham’s mind. One of many I’m sure.
God usually doesn’t tell us the whole plan. In fact, from experience, I can tell you that God’s ways are often baffling. He does things in such a way that you cannot mistake His presence and influence in the situation. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about. Our job is not to understand. Our job is to trust. One step at a time. We cannot get ahead of God and we cannot fall behind. We must walk with extreme trust just like Abraham did.
Growing to Trust the Plan of God
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:12 NLT
Just as Abraham raised the knife to take Isaac’s life, God stepped in. I don’t know that I will ever have this level of extreme trust. But, I know this is exactly what God wants. I pray, God, that you will help me to grow to trust you as Abraham did.