Genesis 22:1, "Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, ..."
The word used for 'tested' means tried or 'pierced through', it signifies in this instance a circumstance designed to prove by exercise the depth of Abraham's faith, love and obedience.
2 Then He (God) said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
The faith/fear relationship is a most paradoxical paradigm. In order for faith to usurp fear, fear must be a real and present danger. This test is real, very real, and its design was such that it defied logic, it was totally unreasonable, a quandary.
In order for faith to be challenged, fear must cause us to resist, if we are not 'pieced through' then our subsequent response will not be indicative of true obedience or faith.
It was one thing for Abraham to wait upon the fulfillment of God's promise, this will be quite another. It is one thing to trust and yet receive, it is quite another to have received and then give back.
How far will faith take you?
At what poiint will fear grasp you and keep you from obedience?
What is is you really believe to be true of God's promises?
When we are faced with our fears, faith must be resolute, holding to the premise and promise of Who God is, the reality of Who God is, not some fabricated Santa Claus God, but the God Who made the Universe, the Sovereign Author of our salvation.
Abraham's test and reponse was proof that he believed God and was willing to trust that God will provide regardless of whatever fear he had and whatever logic could provide for disobedience. Faith proves in demonstration what the heart willingly believes. Trials such as these do not reveal the heart of God, but test the doubt and the strength of the desire of a man to hang on to his fears and hold to the actions that seek to protect him from harm and pain. In our inherent desire to keep from experiencing pain we will hold to our past and not take the steps forward into God's provision. God's desire is to free as from our fears, to bring us into the fellowship of His love for us, to build in us the faith to believe in all situations that God has our best in mind. Fear tests our hearts, faith is the answer. God is not interested in trapping us through trials, His intent is to strenghthen and to build.
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together
'God will provide" Did Abraham really believe he was going to have to slay his own son?
It would appear that by his response Abraham had resolved the issue in his heart and mind, "God will provide"
I am sure that Isaac's question was one which he did not want to deal with before getting to the mountain.
The answer 'God will provide' is spoken in the language of faith, the assurance of words spoken, both those of Abraham speaking aloud and communing with his own heart and those words of God Who had spoken words of promise in the past.
'God will provide' Jehovah-Jireh, in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
What more promise do we need?
God will always be, He will always have His eye upon His people, He will always provide, He will always have prepared seasonable help in whatever quandary or distress we find ourselves.