God has the right to test anyone’s faith. He exercises that right in any believer anytime he pleases. Testing is simply the process by which God lets us winnow the chaff of life from his spiritual grain. To see if, after we’ve discarded the chaff, we’ll also roast and consume his grain as the basis of our life. Testing can have multiple expressions, but always one purpose: to determine how far our obedience to God extends.
Which brings us to God’s test of Abraham, recorded in Genesis 22. A test he aced. And in a way we don’t consider.
Yes, when God said, take Isaac, Abraham obeyed. When ordered to take wood for the sacrifice, he obeyed. When told to climb the mountain God identified, Abraham obeyed. When ordered to put Isaac on the altar and tie him down, he obeyed. When told to slay his son, Abraham unsheathed his knife and raised his hand to STRIKE—and FROZE only when God said STOP!
Surely all that compliance proved the greatest extent of Abraham’s faith.
The greatest example of his obedience was his certainty that after he killed Isaac, God would resurrect him. He implied that when he told the servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will come back to you,” italics added. End Part I