He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. –John 6:6
Abraham was tested when God told him to offer his “only begotten son” son, Isaac, as a sacrifice on the altar (Genesis 22). God wasn’t trying to tempt Abraham to sin, but wanted Abraham to show obedience.
Jesus doesn’t test to tempt.
He tests so we trust.
Abraham’s response was not simplistic in effort. As soon as God gave the command, Abraham traveled three days, cut the wood, built the altar, laid the wood, bound his son, laid his son on the wood, and with the flame in his hand, raised the knife to kill him! (God stopped him before Isaac was slain.) Abraham lived a life of faith and realized that God’s will was the statute of righteousness and goodness. Whatever God requires is always right and good. We may not see the complete picture, but we can trust all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
Abraham did not define his own borders. Do you have the same type of faith? Has God called you to give something up? Maybe you won’t because you feel incapable or that the loss would be to great.
If God is calling you to give something up, believe that He will make up your losses and even bless you in the process!