Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Genesis 22:1)
What do you do when God calls you to the test? How do you respond? Do you say like Abraham, “Here I am”, or do you, like Jonah, flee from His presence? How we respond depends on where we stand in the relationship between our faith and our understanding.
Faith responds by believing, trusting, and obeying. Understanding realizes that God’s testing is not for the purpose of informing God of our knowledge and faith. Rather, understanding realizes that the testing of God is in order that we might know what we believe and how much we trust Him. God knows our hearts.(1) He not only knows what we need before we ask,(2) He knows our faith and willingness to obey. He likewise knows that we need to know as well. The purpose of the testing of the Lord is that we and those around us will know as He knows.