God Never Wastes Suffering
There is always an “afterward” to the tests of life (Heb. 12:11; 1 Peter 5:10), because God never wastes suffering. “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.“ (Job 23:10). Abraham received several blessings from God because of his obedient faith.
To begin with, he received a new approval from God (Gen. 22:12). Abraham had described this whole difficult experience as “worship” (v. 5) because, to him, that is what it was. He obeyed God’s will and sought to please God’s heart, and God commended him. It is worth it to go through trials if, at the end, the Father can say to us, “Well done!”
He received back a new son. Isaac and Abraham had been at the altar together, and Isaac was now a “living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1-2). God gave Isaac to Abraham, and Abraham gave Isaac back to God.
We must be careful that God’s gifts do not take the place of the Giver.
God gave Abraham new assurances (Gen. 22:16-18). He had heard these promises before, but now they took on fresh new meaning. Charles Spurgeon used to say that the promises of God never shine brighter than in the furnace of affliction. What two men did on a lonely altar would one day bring blessing to the whole world!
Abraham also learned a new name for God (22:14). As we have seen, Jehovah-jireh means, “the Lord will be seen” or “the Lord will see to it [provide].” The Jewish temple was built on Mount Moriah (2 Chron. 3:1); and during our Lord’s earthly ministry, He was seen there. He was the true Lamb of God, provided by God to die for the sins of the world.
Have you experienced it?
I love this song. If you just want to listen to the song it starts at 5:13.
Confirmation Of The Covenant
The angel of GOD spoke from Heaven a second time to Abraham: “I swear—GOD’s sure word! —Because you have gone through with this, and have not refused to give me your son, your dear, dear son, I’ll bless you—oh, how I’ll bless you! And I’ll make sure that your children flourish—like stars in the sky! Like sand on the beaches! And your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on Earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you obeyed me.”
Genesis 22:15-18 (MSG)
We reach the climax of Abraham’s covenant story. God tests Abraham, and he passes with flying colors. Somehow he knows God will provide, for he tells his servants that he and his son will come back from the mountain. He also knows that God’s covenant promises are going to be fulfilled through Isaac and not another. Although Abraham is willing to sacrifice him, he expects Isaac to still be the one through whom God’s blessings come to the world.
How could it all happen?
Only God knows, and Abraham trusts in God and His promises. Abraham’s level of trust is unmatched in all of Scripture. This is why he stands as the founding father of our faith.
Then Abraham returned to the place where he left his trusted servants. They traveled together—Abraham, Isaac, and his servants—back to Beersheba where Abraham lived on for some time.
Genesis 22:19 (VOICE)
The Family Of Nahor
This chapter ends with some account of Nahor’s family, who had settled at Haran.
Later it was told to Abraham, “Milcah also has given birth to the children of your brother Nahor: Uz the first-born, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milcah gave birth to these eight by Nahor, Abraham’s brother. And Reumah, the woman he kept who acted as his wife, gave birth to Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
Genesis 22:20-24 (NLV)
The Lord not only provided Abraham with the promised seed but He had also been preparing a bride for Isaac to continue this blessed seed. God not only provides the primary things necessary for the fulfillment of His prophecies, but He always provides everything that is needed.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
With the blessings of Abraham, my Father blesses me. With the multiplying of Abraham, my Father multiplies me. Everything that Abraham received by faith, I can receive by faith!
Through Abraham’s Seed [Jesus] I possess the gates of my enemies. In Him, I have received happiness, peace, prosperity and good things of every kind.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name.