When Faith Is Tested To See the Promises More Clearly

Passage:Genesis 22:1-16

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Category: Suffering

Genesis 22 presents us with a startling account of the great patriarch Abraham and the call of God to sacrifice his son Isaac. While there is much that may trouble us about this passage, the whole event needs to be understood in light of how it is introduced in the text: "God tested Abraham." God indeed tests the faith of those who look to him, including us. And it is no secret that it is the harrowing and difficult times in our lives which test our faith most acutely (rather than times of ease and plenty). However, God tests our faith, not to weigh and measure us in order to find us unworthy, but rather so that we might see and know more clearly the promises he has made to us in Jesus Christ.