Jehovah Jireh - The LORD will Provide
So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:14
This story in Genesis is about the testing of the faith of Abraham with his only son that God had promised him. (Gen 15:4) In verse 2 of Genesis 22, God asked Abraham to “take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region on Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
So verse 3 “early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.” After a couple days of travel Abraham “looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants “stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” (Genesis 22:4-5) “Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife.” (Gen 22:6) While they were walking to the place that God said to go a conversation started between Abraham and Isaac. Isaac asked, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering? And his father answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (Gen 22: 7-8)
When they reached the place that God had told him about, Abraham built an alter, he arranged the wood on the alter, then he bound his son Isaac and laid him on the alter. He then took his knife and raised it above Isaac to slay him. But an angel of the Lord called out to Abraham and said “do not lay a hand on the boy, do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by his horns in a thicket. He went over took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.” (Gen 22:9-12)
A couple things really stand out to me in these passages, Abraham didn’t question God when he was told to sacrifice his only son. And he believed that God would provide another way because he told the servants that he and the boy were going over there to worship and then they would come back (verse 5). And he told Isaac that God himself would provide the lamb (verse 7).
I remember when my daughter, my only child, was in the 7th grade and had been having some heart issues. She was diagnosed with SVT, Supraventricular Tachycardia, where her heart would start racing and once put her in the ER where they had to give her medicine to stop her heart for 30 seconds to get it to recalibrate itself. Not only was I scared out of my mind but so was she and while they gave her the medicine, I had to leave the room, which only intensified Hannah’s fear. A couple days later we were seeing a cardiologist, I decided on a procedure that would fix the problem. She would have surgery. The doctor would go through a catheter to her heart and do an ablation to burn the accessory pathway that was getting triggered and causing the rapid firing of her heart. We set a date and as the date got closer, I was bound up with fear. One night as my girl was sleeping, I went into her room and laid my hands on her and prayed for her surgery and I handed her over to the Lord. I knew she was His first. I pictured her on that alter just like Isaac was laid and I stood over her, like Abraham, and lifted my hands and offered her to Jesus. God did provide healing and a successful surgery. And I have had to picture this act multiple times over her life since; when she started driving, going on mission trips, and when she traveled to Turkey. I have just recently had to do this as she went away to college this past fall.
What is your Isaac? Would you pass the test? Do you believe that He will provide another way?
As a widow and single mom, Jesus provides financially every month especially when some months I just don’t know if I’m going to make it, He provides friends when I’m lonely to keep me company, and He provides himself to comfort me when times are just tough and hard.
And as we celebrated Christmas a couple of weeks ago, God provided a baby in a manger, who grew up to be our sacrificial lamb and provide a way for us.