When we read this chapter, we have to be careful not to sterilize it. We can do that at times as we read the Scriptures. We sometimes forget that these were real people with real feelings. Yes, Abraham trusted God. Yes, he had faith that God could raise Isaac from the dead. But that did not diminish the pain he must have felt.
It’s important that we remember Abraham was a person and consider the pain he felt in this account because it helps us. We feel pain too—many of us concerning children.
No matter how we read this passage, we can know that we are not alone in our pain. Abraham walked through this pain too, and more importantly, Christ Jesus did as well (Heb. 4:14-15). We find comfort in sharing in Abraham’s pain, but we find greater comfort in sharing in his resurrection hope. Christ Jesus has defeated sin and death, and one day our heartaches will be no more.
How can you draw from your painful experiences in life to minister to someone else?