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What faith really comes down to is believing that God is good. Maintaining that stance can be tantamount to hearing a bad report about someone that you know intimately. In their defense, you hear yourself proclaim, “No, I know that person and he wouldn’t do that!”

Unflinchingly believing in God’s inherent goodness has tremendous implications during times of trial, weariness, tragedy, physical maladies, financial challenges, confusion, separation, relational fractures and death. I’ll add a blank here for those difficulties that I’ve missed: _____________________. Go ahead. Fill it in. You’re not being sacrilegious. You’re not calling God a sadist.

In fact, it is in this context that God must be really good because He knows what we’re thinking and about that anger that we’re so desperately trying to contain. After all, it’s just not proper to be ticked off at God so we have to bury it.

There come times when each of us will have a question that is so nagging, it feels like the itch in the middle of our backs. It is like driving up a steep cliffside road with no turn-offs or u-turns and no viable prospects of putting the car in reverse.

So, the question arises: “Why is life so hard at times?”

Two men seemed to face this question in the most sublime and similar manner.

Abraham was told BY GOD to sacrifice his son. He wasn’t given a lot of details. To make matters worse, he was told BY GOD that that same son was the promise of his progeny forever. I would have said “Checkmate” on the question of God’s goodness.

Yet, Abraham pulled off one of the greatest Houdini-like theological moves in history. He was so sure that God was good that he came to a remarkable conclusion. It must have went like this: “If God is good, I must obey him and kill my son. Then, because God is good, He must keep His word. He must then bring Isaac back to life in order for my offspring to be born through Isaac.” 

Wow! I would have probably sulked. I would have gotten steaming mad. I probably would have disobeyed.

There was another man who was literally pinned against this same situation. On the cross, Jesus cried out about being “forsaken.” Yet in the midst of that excruciating agony, we know that He didn’t ask the Roman soldiers to take Him down nor recant to the Jewish leaders watching the crucifixion or ask His Dad for a bail out. He was sure that God would fulfill His promise. He faced death with such conviction about the goodness of God because He knew the face of God.

 

“It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, ‘Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.’ Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. Hebrews 11:17-19a

 

 

 

 

 

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