On this-worldly standards, Abraham is an indisputably tragic figure. For example, for youthfully refusing idolatry, his people kindled an awesome fire and tossed him in. When forty days later the flames died and Abraham stood unharmed—awkward really for all involved—his people expelled him. He lived nearly all of his long life as a nomad, many decades, without progeny or fixed abode.
If you feel plunged in darkness, in the world around or your heart within, hold on: All this shall pass.Haroon Moghul
Rather than realize: Maybe that wasn’t good for me. Perhaps God says no because we aren’t deserving. Or aren’t ready. Or, and this is hard for us moderns, because others are more deserving. (Or more in need of the test or the blessing.) We don’t know. But neither did Abraham, all that matters is he kept on going. Though the command to sacrifice his own son is shocking. After all, what kind of God would ask this of a faithful servant who had already suffered so much? And yet, what kind of father would accept? And what kind of son!