"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son," (Hebrews 11: 17)
Many people look at the phrase "trying of faith", and believe that everyone of us must offer some compelling act despite our strongest convictions.
The truth is, God was proving Abraham's faith, having blessed him and multiplied his stocks, his wealth, and his influence in the land of Canaan.
God proved that He was faithful in all of His promises. He provided for and protected Abraham, and in the fullness of time, Sarah gave birth to a child.
He had promised time and again that through Isaac, all the nations of the world would be blessed.
So, when God asked Abraham to offer up his son, Abraham did not hesitate to believe that he would get his son back. God promised to ble s the world through Isaac, and God had kept every other promise. Why would He not keep this one too?
"And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together." (Genesis 22: 7-8)
God did indeed provide an offering:
"11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." (Genesis 22: 11-14)
Jesus, the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world (John 1: 29), would then convict the Pharisees for their lack of faith:
"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." (John 8: 58)
So did Moses and Elijah:
"9And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem." (Luke 9: 29-31)
When Jesus died on the Cross, He accomplished many things, including the eternal provision for all our needs:
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8: 31-32)
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 19)
Faith is all about believing that God took care of everything in our lives when Jesus died on the Cross. He has taken care of everything. Believe Him!