Then we come to things like our Scripture for this morning, Genesis 22:1-14, about Abraham and Isaac. Think about the "rest of the story." For 10 chapters now, not even thinking about how many years that really is, Abram has been following God doing what God has asked him to do - leave his homeland, family and friends being the start of it. Then there was the issues in Egypt, with his nephew Lot, and this one that he, and Sara, laughed about "you will have kids" even if you are "old." Abram has followed, and believed, so much God changed his name to Abraham AND gave him two sons "in his old age."
It makes it easier to understand how Abraham can say, in verse 8, "God will provide." It helps us understand because we know God did provide for Abraham in each of those places/needs. Abraham has a strong faith in God that is proven even before Abraham sees the ram (verses 11 & 12) in verse 13.
All of which gets me to wondering about us. As we face our 'giants,' and the 'storms,' in our lives do we really believe God IS with us? We can look back and see how God has been with us, or our parents/family, but do we believe it for ourselves - personally? I asked, a few weeks back, "how big is our God - big enough to be with us AND with those in the storm(s)?" If we believe God IS big enough (and I do believe it!) then we should be thanking God, personally and in worship, and sharing how we see God at work. We should be encouraging others to have the same belief. We should be sharing our stories and asking others to share theirs. God WILL provide - even the faith to actually talk about our faith in God!