The Rustling in the Thicket

The Rustling in the Thicket (Revealing My Faith)

Genesis 22:13

13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

In this passage of scripture that we are sharing today, we find Abraham after being tempted by God, to offer up his son as a sacrifice to God as a test of faith.  What we must realize here is that this was NOT a test of faith in God but, in fact, a process for God to Abraham’s faith in God to be revealed.  The same holds true with Christians today.  There are times when our faith is tested on a constant basis and at every level of our lives and then there are still those other times when God will use the trials we are going through as a means of revealing just how strong our faith in God really is.

In chapters 12 and 17 of Genesis, God makes a promise Abram at the age of 99 that He will establish a covenant with him.  The promise was that God would make Abram a father of many nations, kings will come out him through those nations, and that the land that the land of Canaan that was also promised would also be given to him and his seed thereafter.  Another promise that God gave was that Abram and Sarai would have a son and would call him Isaac and that the covenant will be made with him and his seed after him.

As we fast forward to chapter 21, we see that God has fulfilled the promise that was given to Abraham as Sarah has now given birth to Isaac:

And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

2For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

3And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

Now, in chapter 22, trouble is on the horizon!  God is ready to reveal Abraham’s faith in Him right before his eyes.

1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

There are always points that take residence as we search deep and study in God’s word.  The first point we want to look at is that God always has a plan even when we can’t see what it is.  There will be times in our lives that God will tell us something or give us a task that may seem too farfetched to comprehend or too complex to understand but, once we realize that the promise cannot be made without the Promisor, once we realize that His ways are not our ways, and once we realize that this journey cannot be made without Him, we can come to the conclusion that God always has a plan.

When it came down to Enoch’s walk of faith; God had a plan.

When it came down to Jacob’s discipline of faith; God had a plan.

When it came down to Joseph’s triumph of faith; God had a plan.

When it comes to your faith, even if it’s the size of a mustard seed; God has a plan.

Another point to recognize is, when we realize that God has a plan, we have to understand that there is a HUGE difference between a temptation and a trial.  Temptations come from the desires within us while trials come from what God desires for you.  Temptations are used to bring out the worst in us while trials bring out the best.  Temptations come when you least expect it while but, God won’t send a trial until he knows you’re ready.  When temptations come we expect an explanation but, when trials come we should always focus on the promise. Why? Because, God’s trials are tailor-made for our lives and God will use trials in order for Him to reveal our faith to ourselves.

God has a plan for your life.  In God’s plan, there are some trials that are tailor-made for you.  But, in the process of letting God work in your life to reveal your faith we must act on what God says and be obedient…without question.  In verses 2 and 3 of chapter 22 look at what Abraham did.

2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

Abraham’s obedience is based on his faith and trust in God and he had no reason to think otherwise.  If you notice, in that passage, Abraham did NOT ask why.  If you notice, Abraham did NOT give God an attitude.  If you notice, Abraham did not ask anyone for any advice.  Abraham trusted God even when he really didn’t feel like it.  When we find ourselves in the middle of the plan that God has in store for us, we have to trust God:

Trust God when we don’t feel like it

Trust God when we don’t know how

Trust God when we don’t see

Trust God when we don’t understand

Trust God on your job

Trust God in your home

Trust God when your relationships fail

Trust God when your mother and father forsake you

Trust God when your enemies rise up against you

Trust God to do what no other POWER can ever do!

In other words, when it comes to your situation and your circumstance and when your difficulty seems hard an inescapable, TRUST GOD!!!

God has a plan for you right now.  God wants you to act on his plan without question. God wants you to trust Him and only Him.  When do things according to God’s will and when we use the faith that we have by the power of the Holy Ghost, that’s when we can expect for God to lead us to God’s provision.  In other words, he will put a rustling in your thicket.  Just at the time when Abraham was going to sacrifice his son as God had commanded, just at the time when he knew that God would provide, God did because God will never EVER lack His own supply.

11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

I believe Abraham was singing as the songwriter wrote:

My way, may not be easy

You did not say that it would be

But if it gets dark

And I can’t see my way

You told me to put my trust in thee

Lord, help me to hold out

Until my change comes

There was a blessing waiting for Abraham and there is a blessing waiting for you in your thicket.  God wants to remind you just who He is. When you have done all you can and trusted God, there is a ram in your thicket.  Look for the ram in the bush:

When your way seems dark, there’s a ram in the bush.

When you’ve had all you can stand and you can’t stand anymore, there’s a ram in the bush.

When life’s problems have got you down and out, there’s a ram in the bush.

Just when you think your job is going to let you go, there’s a ram in the bush.

Just when you think God has forgotten you, there’s a ram in the bush.

If you’re sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, there’s a ram in the bush.

The ram that God provided Abraham to keep Isaac from death was sacrificed in his place. God sent his only begotten son as a sacrifice to us.  God had a plan from the very beginning. His plan spanned 42 generations, 33 years, and 3 days! His ram in your thicket is Jesus Christ.  All you have to do is be willing to accept Him.  Let Him be part of your life.  Let Him take control