‘Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,’ Romans 4:20a
When one at long last - after waiting for nearly a lifetime - sees the fulfilment of a promise, then one might feel a little bit, or perhaps a great deal, of self-righteousness! We do not know much about the life of Abraham after he received the promised son, but he may have spoken many times about the miracle of the fulfilled promise. And how many years Abraham had the opportunity to become proud, we also do not know exactly, but God wanted to keep Abraham as dependent on Him as when the promise was not yet fulfilled.
So one day God said to Abraham: ‘Abraham, take your son, your only son, whom you love, and sacrifice him as a burnt offering.’
How intimately Abraham must have known God! For when he heard this voice, he immediately recognized it as the voice of God. Had he not known the voice of God so well, he could have rejected this word easily as a deception of the evil one: sacrificing to Molek. But Abraham knew very well that what he had heard was said by God Himself. And although he did not understand it at all, although it went completely against the promises that God had made to him before, Abraham knew that he had only one option: to obey!
Would God yet forget His promises? ‘Abraham did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,’ says our Bible verse of today.
We like to call ourselves children of Abraham, but very little is needed to make us doubt the promises of God, or worse, to turn our backs upon God. But let us be fully aware of the fact that God only calls those people children of Abraham, who follow in the footsteps of the faith Abraham had.