You are called
“The One who provides”
On the Mount,
Lord, God, You reside.
You are our provision
Not just for our needs
Not just for our souls
But restoration for our spirits
The One who sees
The of God of Abraham
You hold the Keys.
You came to earth
Provided the ultimate need
The Sacrificial Lamb
For us, He bleeds.
His blood is victorious
His blood is our shield
His blood is our weapon
His blood makes us healed.
We need to fall to our knees
Recognize that He is the Great I Am
Believe that He is the same God
As the God to Abraham.
Our generation is born
One of the tens of thousands
One of the vast number of stars
Our heritage is deeply rooted, deeply connected
To the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!
Devotional: “Names of God” series: Post 2: Jehovah Jireh
I apologize for the late posting. It has been a very tumultuous 2 weeks for my household, for my community, my church, my state, my nation,—The WORLD. The Lord has been preparing His body for such a time as this. I have been very moved within my spirit by what the Lord is speaking to me. He has been preparing my heart, and I am sure He is doing the same for each of you.
Jehovah Jireh, “The Lord will provide.” The first time this term is used in the Bible is in Genesis 22. I am sure you have heard this story of the Bible many times, and it has numerous messages. However, I want to look at these versus in the light of depicting who God is and how He is described within these versus. So in Genesis 22, Abraham is told by God to go to Mount Moriah and sacrifice Isaac, his promised child, upon an altar to the Lord. “Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. ‘Abraham!’ God called. ‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘Here I am.’ ‘Take your son, your only son–yes, Isaac, whom you love so much–and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show.” (Genesis 22:1-2) I don’t know about you, but I would have a very hard time obeying this command. As someone who has struggled for some time with infertility, like Sarah and Abraham, I would not just be willing to give up my child. However, this is not the first time Abraham had been tested by God, and Abraham knew that obeying God’s command is way more important that his own will. This is a man who is strongly mature in God. However, just because Abraham was spiritually mature, I do not believe that that made this task any easier. I can imagine, being a parent myself, that he greatly struggled with what God had asked him to do. Nevertheless, Abraham obeyed God.
In Genesis 22:3, “The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.” Not only did Abraham obey God, he did so immediately. He did not question God’s command, but instead, he stepped out in faith and prepared for the journey. This is what God desires out of us, immediate obedience. God does not want to control us, but He desires for us to rely solely on Him so that we can live the lives He longs for us to have. When God tests our faith, it is never to our detriment, but it is to deepen our trust and our relationship with God. This is how we become spiritually mature, and the more mature in Him we become; the more we can be used within His kingdom.
In Genesis 22:9-12, “When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ ‘Yes’ Abraham replied. ‘Here I am!’ ‘Don’t lay a hand on the boy!’ the angel said. ‘Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” What an intense moment of faith Abraham is experiencing. But it is his faith and reverential fear of God that is what saves Isaac. Abraham was willing to give God everything. This is where God desires us to be–in a place of total and unconditional surrender. When we hold nothing back from Him, God can do miraculous and wondrous things in our lives and in the world.
In Genesis 22:13 “Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.” It is interesting the symbolic parallel that is happening in this moment. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his ONE and ONLY SON to bring God glory. Abraham in faith sets out to do so, and his faith and obedience saves Isaac. The ram takes Isaac’s place. I like the way my Bible’s commentary explains this moment, “Notice the parallel between the ram offered on the altar as a substitute for Isaac and Christ offered on the cross as a substitute for us. Whereas God stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son, God did not spare his own Son, Jesus, from dying on the cross. If Jesus had lived, the rest of humankind would have died. God sent his only Son to die for us so that we could be spared from the eternal death we deserve and instead receive eternal life (John 3:16).” This further proves that God knows the ending from the beginning. This moment in Abraham’s walk with God proves that God can entrust to him His ultimate plan–bringing the Messiah, Jesus into this world because it is through the bloodline of Isaac that Jesus is born.
In Genesis 22:14, “Abraham named the place Yahweh Yireh (which means ‘The Lord will provide’). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb. ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” Yahweh Yireh or Jehovah Jireh meaning “the Lord will provide.” Another translation of this is that it means “the God who sees.” God saw the need that Abraham had. Abraham needed a sacrifice to replace Isaac, and the Lord provided it to him because of his unconditional faithfulness and obedience.
Whatever test of life you may be experiencing. It is important to remember that God is in control. He is Jehovah Jireh. The God who sees and the One who provides. God will take care of the people who trust in him and have faith in him and who obey his commands. He sees your needs and wants to provide for them and will provide for them if you will allow Him in. When you are needing something from God, you need to go to the “mount of the Lord” (on your knees in prayer and worship) and simply ask your Heavenly Father for His help. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says, “Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Please let me pray for you:
Lord, Heavenly Father, I come to you on the mount and ask for your provision Lord over all my brothers and sister in Christ and for those who are at the mercy of this world. I ask that you provide comfort to all that are mourning the loss of a loved one, healing to all that are afflicted with this virus or any other ailment, peace to all that are afraid of these uncertain times, wisdom to our leaders, finances and provisions to those who have lost their jobs, strength to the nurses and doctors fighting on the front lines to end this virus, encouragement to our pastors that are preaching to empty sanctuaries, love to all the children- in every circumstance- hope to all of us that are sharing in this pandemic. Lord, you are Jehovah Jireh. I believe with all of my might that you “see” our circumstance and you are already providing for us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Lord, help our hearts be open to your voice, and help our faith to be unconditional and our obedience to you immediate. We love you God. We are so thankful for your blessings, provisions, and protection. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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