Have you ever asked God, “Why are you putting me in such a horrible situation?” Certainly Abraham may have asked this when God told him to sacrifice the very son through which the promise of God was to become a reality. What was God doing? Does God really test His people? If so, why?
But there are even bigger questions when we consider the place this story holds in the flow of Genesis. The original readers – Israel – were wandering through the wilderness, alone and vulnerable. Where is our God? Has He forgotten us? Can we still trust Him? Will He keep the promises He has made to us?
As we will see, this story is foundational in understanding that God is always 100% trustworthy, even in the dark. Even when we can’t see the light, our safest course is to find rest in His sovereign, providential care.