Its interesting to consider what the results were for all the times that we trusted in a person to do something incredibly important for us. If we were to recall each instance where we needed someone to take care of something really important on our behalf, and trusted them to do it, what were the results? Were we 100% completely satisfied? Was everything done to meet or exceed our expectations? Were the efforts of that other person or group of people praiseworthy to any degree? While there might be a few instances where the help we received was genuinely beneficial, one must acknowledge the truth - many times our trust is misguided and misplaced. If this weren't true, clichés like, "If you want something done right, do it yourself," wouldn't exist.
The truth is, there is only one place a person can put trust which promises beneficial and satisfying results 100% of the time - in the Living God. It is important to recognize how hard God works to earn trust from His children. Though He is the holy, righteous, and self-existing God, and we are but clay of the earth, the Bible reveals that God works really hard to earn our trust. We as people should simply trust Him, but the scriptures show God being quite active with His children to show that He is willing to reveal some powerful things about His nature in order show that our trust in Him is never misplaced!
In Genesis 22:15-19 the Bible explains the results of Abraham's test. The scriptures explain that God tested Abraham's trust by asking Abraham to offer up Isaac, his unique son and heir to God's promises, as a burnt offering sacrifice. Abraham passed the test because he trusted God. The scriptures explain that Abraham made every necessary effort to slay his son, even up to the point of strapping his son to an altar and raising a knife above him to do as God commanded. While God already knew that Abraham would pass the test, God seems to let Abraham get to that point to illustrate to people like us, that he indeed trusted God. When readers of this testimony see that Abraham was prepared to kill his son by raising a knife above him, readers cannot dispute that Abraham demonstrated tremendous faith! In fact, the Book of Hebrews explains the extent of Abraham's faith.
The Book of Hebrews says that when God instructed Abraham to kill Isaac, Abraham at that point in time, considered his son dead. In the mind and heart of Abraham, Isaac was already dead and trusting that God would exercise His power to raise him from the dead. Though the scriptures had not stated that God had raised anyone from the dead up to that point, Abraham believed that God would do so if necessary because Abraham trusted that God would make him a great nation, fulfill the land inheritance, and bless all of the families of the earth through him by his son Isaac since God had stated that promise several times. Abraham trusted the faithfulness of God would cause God to exercise His infinite power. He was correct and God intervened in the test.
The scriptures go on to explain that the Angel of the Lord intervened before Abraham actually killed his son. The Angel of the Lord appeared, confirmed the satisfaction of the test, and provided His own sacrifice on behalf of Isaac. Isaac would not have to die because of the offering provided by the Angel of the Lord. Abraham trusted in God, and God proved Himself faithful by sparing the life of Isaac and providing Himself a sacrifice on behalf of Isaac to paint a foreshadowing picture of the work of Christ.
Genesis 22:15-19 then explains that the Angel of the Lord called out to Abraham a second time after these events. The identity of the Angel of the Lord as Jesus Christ is further confirmed as the Angel of the Lord speaks with the authority of Yahweh. The Angel of the Lord swore by Himself to fulfill the promises that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3. The Book of Hebrews explains that "God" swore by Himself because there was none greater to swear by when He repeated the promises to Abraham. This is not a typo. The scriptures equate the Angel/Messenger of the Lord to Yahweh. Once again, the only Angel/Messenger that is equal to Yahweh in the scriptures is Jesus Christ. Thus, Jesus swore by Himself to fulfill the promises that God originally made to Abraham.
This is now the 4th chapter of scripture in the Book of Genesis in which God repeats the promises He originally made to Abraham. The scriptures show that God is absolutely serious about these promises and they are obviously a very important and significant matter in the plans of the Living God. Up to this point in the Bible, there is no other subject that is more heavily discussed and mentioned than the Abrahamic Covenant. In fact, of all of the promises of God, the Bible spends more time dealing with these promises than any other set of promises. The reason why is because the Abrahamic Covenant deals with the revelation of Messiah as "the blessing for all of the families of the earth." In Genesis 22:15-19 Jesus confirmed the promises of God and was sure to remind Abraham that His offspring would bless all of the families of the earth. The genealogies of Jesus Christ confirm that Jesus is the offspring of Abraham.
The test that Abraham had to endure was difficult. It required serious trust. Abraham was asked to give up that which he may have loved the most and offer it totally into the hands of the Living God. Consider the command that God gave to Abraham, then consider the equivalent that God might have spoken to you. Would we have trusted God in the manner that Abraham did? According to the scriptures, one's unwillingness to trust in God through faith is directly related to one's understanding (or lack thereof) of God's promises and God Himself. If one does not have any insight regarding God's promises, and God's ability to fulfill those promises, one likely won't be able to trust in God. On the other hand, if one has a developed understanding of God's promises and knows who God is according to the scriptures and one's personal relationship with Him through Jesus, then one is likely to trust in the Lord as Abraham. This is not to suggest that trusting the Lord is easy. Clearly scripture suggests otherwise - even with an understanding of God's promises. Nevertheless, the Bible plainly shows that Abraham's faith was not in vain and was pleasing to the Living God.
Abraham trusted in God, and God accounted it to him as righteousness. Abraham trusted in God, and God came through exactly when Abraham needed Him to. Abraham trusted in God, and God proved Himself to be Provider when Abraham needed provision. Abraham trusted in God, and saw his son raised from the dead in a figurative sense. Abraham trusted in God, and God revealed Himself to Abraham through the Angel of the Lord - Jesus Christ. Abraham trusted in God, and God still proves His faithfulness to Abraham today, working to fulfill the promises He made to Abraham back in Genesis chapter 12. In other words, when one places one's trust in God, only good things will happen. This is not to suggest that all problems and conflicts go away; but that one is in a favorable position with God and will be blessed by God in some way that He sees fit. The scriptures say that Abraham was a friend of God's because of his faith. Is there a better position to be in? Truly trusting in the Lord is far greater than trusting in the efforts of any person, idea, dream, or philosophy. When one trusts in the Lord as Abraham, one will receive the satisfaction that everyone earnestly seeks in life - even in spite of difficulty.