When you are in need, to whom do you turn? Is your first thought or natural response to turn to God as your provider or to someone or something else?
Abraham certainly looked to God and testified of His provision for him. After God supplied a substitute sacrifice for Abraham’s son, he coined a name for God and what He did for him in that place—Jehovahjireh. Genesis 22:13-14 says, “And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 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.’” The New Testament gives us some insight into the thoughts of Abraham in the midst of doing what God asked of him. Hebrews 11:17-19 say, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” What trust in God!
Can you testify of a place where God was your Jehovahjireh? The Bible is full of examples of people who looked to God to provide for their needs in difficult places. Can you think of other examples of people who trusted in God’s provision that will encourage you to greater confidence in God to supply your needs? Let’s think about some of the areas where we should be looking to God for His provision:
- He provides a place of rest (Joshua 1:13-15, Hebrews 4),
- He gives life (Job 33:4),
- He gives counsel (Psalm 16:17),
- He provides for the needy (Psalm 68:7-10),
- He gives power and strength to his people (Psalm 68:35),
- He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. (Psalm 113:9),
- He provides food for those who fear him (Psalm 111:4-5),
- He gives food to the hungry (Psalm 145:5-10),
- He gives wisdom(Proverbs 2:6-8, James 1:5),
- He gives light (Proverbs 29:13, Jeremiah 31:35),
- He gives good things to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11),
- He will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19),
- He gives his Holy Spirit to you (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8),
- He gives life to all things (1 Timothy 6:13),
- He richly provides us with everything to enjoy (I Timothy 6:14-19),
- He provides gifts and strength that we might serve Him (1 Peter 4:10-11), and
- He gives grace to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5).
Would you agree that this list covers just about every need we might have in a general way? Everything we need really comes from God and we should praise and thank Him for his provision.
Revelation 4:11 says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
With Prayer, Mark
© November 2012
Scripture quoted: ESV – Emphasis added