Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start. A new day to rise and rest in His Provision.
The Lord being our Creator, Our Banner, the One who sees us, is also the One who has promised to provide.
He promises to provide for our Spirit in a way that nothing else on earth can offer.
He says: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 14:27 NLT
He promises to provide for our physical bodies in a way that invites us to rest and just trust.
He says: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NLT
He promises to make a way for us to escape eternal death and instead be made alive in Him for all of eternity..
He says: As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:11-13 NLT
He promises us a destiny and a reason for being here. You beautiful child are no accident.
He says: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
And He promises to equip us with grace and power to accomplish all He has called us to to.
He says: Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
And where did this name of God come from? When was Jehovah Jireh first used? Who first spoke this name?
Abraham called God, Jehovah Jireh in response to the Lord providing the offering for the sacrifice in place of Isaac.
This story in the Bible can be confusing and if read over too quickly, it can make us question God’s goodness. Like so many parents I have read the story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on the altar and think, “How? Why? Would I be able to do that? Would I be as obedient as Abraham?”
All good and valid questions. But if we slow way down and also zoom way out, we see this story has layers upon layers of meaning and also a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice to come, Jesus.
When you look at the dialogue between God and Abraham, Abraham and his servants, and Abraham and his son, Isaac, you see a much clearer picture of a man who wholeheartedly and completely trusted his Lord as provider and giver. And He trusted the GIVER even more than the GIFT.
His trust was not in his son Isaac, but in the Lord whom has given him Isaac in the first place.
Remember, the Lord has been visiting with Abraham for decades. Close visitations and encounters with God where God has promised him a son through which more descendents would come than grains of sand. And God provided a son, Isaac against ALL natural odds. The Lord gave him a son when Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 99! Through the stories in Genesis, we also see that God has provided direction, protection, guidance, and mercy to Abraham throughout his lifetime.
When God comes to Abraham and requests that He take his son to the altar for sacrifice, Abraham has developed such a trust in the Lord that he knows no matter what, the Lord will move in a mighty way. He may not have known how.
He may not have known when or how God would move, but He knew:
The Lord had always kept His promises.
The Lord promised that through Isaac a whole nation would be born..
The Lord had always come through in the past.
The Lord’s intentions for Abraham were good and pure.
He trusted the Lord enough to simply OBEY.
And so because of how close he walked with God, this didn’t shake his faith or trust. He just began to do what God said no matter how harsh or confusing. But we see that he continued to trust that God would be providing a miracle.. Look at what he tells his servants:
So he knew that he would be back and that Isaac would be coming with him. He just didn’t know how God was going to do it. He was just following the last instruction he received.
Then Isaac asks, “Daddy, where is the sacrifice?”
Look at what Abraham tells his son:
Abraham believed in the Lord as a faithful, loving God who always kept His Word. He ALSO respected and honored the Word of the Lord and would follow the Lord’s command even when it meant giving up what he valued and cherished the most. But Abraham was correct when he told Isaac that God would provide the sacrifice. God did. Just as Abraham was about to follow through, God stopped Him and provided the sacrifice just as Abraham had told Isaac that it would happen.
And when he took the ram and sacrificed it, he must have been overcome with gratitude, peace, and joy. He had an even greater revelation of God’s character, and he named Him: Jehovah Jireh or also translated Yahweh- Yireh.
The Lord WILL provide for you. He knows what you need. He also knows the bigger picture and what you will need in future seasons. This trial or struggle may be your strength training. It may also be producing lasting fruit in you. The Lord will use all that comes against us and make it somehow turn to good. That’s His promise! So even when we walk through something devastating that makes NO sense, we can trust that God is still providing for us even in the midst of struggle.
We can lean into God and trust Him fully as our provider of all aspects of our lives. He cares about the details of our lives and the bigger picture too. He is a good, good Father who always keeps His promises. You can trust Him and you can trust His provision.
Here’s a song to encourage you and remind your soul that He is Jehovah Jireh, your provider.