Jehovah Jireh // The Lord Will Provide
The Christmas and New Year seasons stir all kinds of emotions and feelings within us. It is a season full of joy, bursting with hope and expectation. But it also brings reminders of what hasn’t yet been, and what is not there. The longings and desires in our hearts that have yet to be fulfilled. The practical, tangible things that we really do need and that we may not have. And the frustration that this should be the happiest time of year and we are battling so much inside of us to find that joy again.
I’ve been in a serious season of waiting lately. I keep praying for God to provide over and over again. The same prayer essentially every day. God would you provide financially, relationally, open doors and opportunities, bring clarity, and provide a sense of peace in my heart. I need a breakthrough Jesus… would you provide for me and my family? I wish that I could say I’ve been full of faith and belief that God would provide what we need every single day. Sure, there have been sweet moments where I have surrendered and trusted… but I long for my heart to believe that God is good and that He provides all of the time, even when we don’t see it.
In Genesis 22 God asks Abraham to take his son Isaac (his only son might I add) to the top of a mountain and sacrifice his life as a burnt offering. Abraham obeys what God asked of him and just moments before he sacrifices his son the angel of the Lord calls out and stops him, and tells him not to lay a hand on his boy. God provides a ram for Abraham to sacrifice, and Abraham calls that mountaintop Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide.
If I’m honest, when I think about this story I can’t help but feel the weight of it all. I have a son, and he is everything to me. I am sure that Isaac meant the world to Abraham and the thought of losing him felt too much to bare. But even in the midst of that pain, He walked in obedience.
And if we read more into the story, we gain perspective on Abraham’s faith in verse 8. He tells Isaac, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Incredible faith… convicting and humbling. I long to have that kind of faith.. the faith that says no matter what my circumstances are at the moment I know that God will provide. I’m not sure how He will provide. But I remember when he did time and time again… and I look at the story of Jesus and see God’s provision written all over it.
Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross so that God could provide for His people… to provide life and a redemptive, loving, eternal relationship with Himself. He covered the sin and darkness in our hearts with the blood of Jesus. What a sacrifice! His beloved son without blemish.. because He loves you and me. And because He is a good God and provides for His children.
But the story doesn’t stop there. Yes Jesus endured excruciating pain and torment (spiritually, mentally, AND physically), but after three days he rose from the grave, from death to life, and is now seated at the right hand of God ruling in victory and authority and grace forevermore! THIS is how God provides. In the most unlikely of circumstances, and when we can’t see a way out, He makes a way.
And what these stories speak so loudly of is obedience. I believe God can provide for us even in moments when we don’t fully surrender and trust. But to experience the full fruit of our obedience, the fullness of His blessing and provision, and the strength of His presence, we must be willing to step out in faith AND obedience… the two working together. Remembering His provision in the past, believing it for the future, and walking in a way that honors Him and the call He’s put on our lives.
So we say that we trust you Jesus, in the unknowns and the ways we don’t see you working. We believe you will provide. Ignite in us a faith that’s unwavering, and show us the ways we need to step out in obedience today.