By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac … his only begotten son; to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.” He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead. Hebrews 11:17-19
When Abraham went down to Egypt to escape the famine, and sold his wife into the harem to escape the Pharaoh; he was dead to the promises of God. For he could not have a child who would bless the nations, nor inherit the land, if his wife was not his. But the Eternal rescued him from an impossible situation. When Abraham was ninety nine years old, the Eternal gave him a firm date for the birth of the son he had promised. By then both Abraham and Sarah were too old to conceive a child on their own, and they knew it. While they contemplated their bodies, both as good as dead, they did not waver in unbelief, but acted in accordance with the promise, receiving Isaac in due time. So faith comes not just by hearing the promises of God, but also by considering our experiences with the God who promises. Abraham had already seen God “raise him from the dead” twice. As he walked up the mountain with Isaac, he considered all this, and concluded he was able and willing to do it again.
Glorious God, help me to think of your graciousness and faithfulness in my life, so when you put me in tight places, I walk forward in faith, eager to see you raise me up too. Amen.