Twelve Tests of Abraham
Abrahams faith was tested at least twelve specific times. Some of them were not what we might call big tests, but together they establish a picture of Abraham as a person whose faith was genuine. After the last of these, God said, “Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” (Genesis 22:12).
Each of Abrahams tests can have applications for us:
Test: Abraham left Ur and Haran for an unknown destination at Gods direction.
Application: Do I trust God with my future? Is his will part of my decision making'
Test: Abraham directed a peaceful separation from Lot and settled at the oaks of Mamre.
Application: Do I trust God with my interests even when I seem to be receiving an unfair settlement'
Test: Abraham rescued Lot from the five kings.
Application: Does my faithfulness to others bear witness to my trust in Gods faithfulness'
Test: Abraham gave a tithe of loot to the godly king of Salem, Melchizedek, and refused the gift of the king of Sodom.
Application: Am I watchful in my dealings with people that I give proper honor to God and refuse to receive honor that belongs to him'
Test: Abraham trusted Gods promise that he would have a son.
Application: How often do I consciously reaffirm my trust in Gods promises'
Test: Abraham received the promised land by faith, though the fulfillment would not come for many generations.
Application: How have I demonstrated my continued trust in God during those times when I have been required to wait'
Test: At Gods command, Abraham circumcised every male in his family.
Application: In what occasions in my life have I acted simply in obedience to God, and not because I understood the significance of what I was doing'
Test: Abraham welcomed strangers, who turned out to be angels.
Application: When was the last time I practiced hospitality'
Test: Abraham prayed for Sodom.
Application: Am I eager to see people punished, or do I care for people in spite of their sinfulness'
Test: Abraham admitted to wrongdoing and took the actions needed to set things right.
Application: When I sin, is my tendency to cover up, or confess? Do I practice the truth that an apology must sometimes be accompanied by restitution'
Test: Abraham negotiated a treaty with Abimelech concerning a well.
Application: Can people depend on my words and promises'
Test: Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Application: In what ways has my life demonstrated that I will not allow anything to come before God'