Thankfully, and in full due to God’s graciousness and patience, Abraham learned from his mistakes. Twenty five years after the God’s original promise (and a couple of name changes later) God made good on his original promise by providing a son for Abraham through Sarah. This is remarkable! What is even more remarkable is that God asked Abraham once again to trust Him. God told Abraham to do the unthinkable – sacrifice this promised son. Now I don’t know about you, but I would have had a hard time not taking control in this situation. Time and experience were a good mentor to Abraham, and he was able to fully release control of his son to God.
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. (Gen 22:1-8)
Are you kidding me! Can you imagine this heart wrenching decision that Abraham had to make that day? Once again he was asked to trust God or take control. Unlike his decision fourteen years earlier to take matters into his own hands with Hagar, this time Abraham trusted God and released control. I’m in awe of his belief that God would make a way.