In Genesis 22, God gave Abraham a huge test. He asked for Abraham to sacrifice something very dear to him. "Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Issac, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you," God said. Without hesitation, Abraham was faithful to God and headed out the next morning to do as the Lord had commanded him.
As Abraham and his son Issac were walking up the mountain, Issac became curious as to what his father was going to sacrifice since they had not brought an animal with them. Abraham said, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering my son." But soon, Abraham was putting Issac on the altar to be the sacrifice. Just as he was about to kill his son, an angel stopped him. "Do not lay a hand on the boy," the angel said, "Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
Abraham's faith in God meant that he was willing to sacrifice anything, even his only son, for God's ultimate plan. It must have taken an incredible amount of patience by Abraham to not become angry at God for asking him to sacrifice something of great value to him. The reward for this patience came in the form of a special blessing from God, "I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore," He said.
Our hope this week is that our kids can learn to apply this same patience with God to things happening in their own lives. We want to encourage them that by showing patience in tough circumstances, they are proving their belief in God and will ultimately be rewarded for it.