Abraham had two things that he coupled with his faith: trust and obedience. He had the faith to trust God when he did not know what would await him on the peak of the mountain, what was to become of his son, and what was to become of the promise that God once told him. At the same time, Abraham had the faith to obey God and listen to His voice wholeheartedly, immediately, and completely in the face of uncertainty.

Mountains. In Matthew 17: 20, Jesus told his disciples that faith, even as small as a mustard seed, has the power to move even mountains. But have you ever asked yourself what happens when you’ve done and believed all you could, but that ‘mountain’ in your life still remains rooted on the ground?

 

Many times when we’ve been praying so hard and so long for something, and the breakthrough still doesn’t become a reality, we tend to give up, and jump to conclusions like:

Maybe it’s not part of God’s plan for me;

Maybe it’s too much of an impossibility;

(Or the worst) Maybe it’s too big of a thing to ask from God!!!

This is exactly how Abraham felt when God instructed him to sacrifice his only son Isaac.

To understand this, we must first backtrack a bit…

In Genesis 17, God promised Abraham that he would be the father of nations through his son, Isaac. This was such a big promise for him, because at that time, Abraham was already 99 years old. Was this even possible? But by faith, Abraham believed it to be done, and it happened four chapters later. (Mountain Moving Faith—check!)

Now Abraham loved and treasured Isaac. Finally, God’s promise to him had come true, despite the odds against him—life was beyond great! But in the very next chapter, God commands Abraham to do the unthinkable:

“Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Genesis 22:2

Imagine just how Abraham felt. The situation just didn’t make sense! He might’ve been thinking, How could God promise to me that I would father countless of generations through my son, then ask me to give him up as an offering?

Abraham’s mountain was immovable—this was God giving him a very specific command. But you could see the kind of faith Abraham had by his reaction:

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac.

Genesis 22:3

Mountain Climbing Faith

While there is a kind of faith that can move mountains, there’s another kind that Abraham showcased: the mountain climbing faith.

There will be times and seasons in our lives when no matter how prepared we think we are, we will face a mountain or two of a special kind. They are those immovable circumstances laid out in our lives that we feel are beyond our—or anyone’s—control. Or so we think.

But God is so much bigger than that. If He can give us the faith to move mountains, and the mountains still don’t move, He is going to give us the faith to climb mountains. And how do we climb these mountains?

Abraham had two things that he coupled with his faith: trust and obedience. He had the faith to trust God when he did not know what would await him on the peak of the mountain, what was to become of his son, and what was to become of the promise that God once told him. At the same time, Abraham had the faith to obey God and listen to His voice wholeheartedly, immediately, and completely in the face of uncertainty.

God saw these things in Abraham, as he took the knife, ready to sacrifice the only answer to God’s promise—his son. But this is what happened next:

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said…. ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham lighted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it us as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Genesis 22:11-13

Without Abraham knowing it, God had already prepared the ram that would take the place of his son’s life as Abraham chose to obey. This act of God, in turn, further strengthened Abraham’s faith, as he named the mountain “The Lord will provide” (v. 14). The faith that took Abraham up the mountain, was the faith that forever changed his life as he descended it. Now he knew that God was not only a Promise Giver, but also a Promise Keeper.

God sometimes answers us in the most unexpected of ways. As it says in Isaiah 55: 8, “For as the heavens are higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

The question is, are we going to have the faith to to trust and obey God even if we do not see answers right away? When He leads us to uncertain places? When we hear His instructions, and it is what we least expect? And even if it doesn’t make sense? But we can learn from Abraham, if we have the faith to climb our mountains through trust and obedience, there is certainly no mountain too big for us to climb, as we hold on to a promise-keeping God.

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