Jehovah Jireh – Encouragement
A friend shared this with me and I’m passing it along because I found it encouraging and a great description of what I feel many of us are facing in our circumstances.
God gave Abraham a startling command. “Take your promised son and offer him in sacrifice!”
During his three days’ journey to the place of sacrifice, Abram came to the conviction that, if God required him to offer Isaac, He was also able to raise him up from the dead.
So he bound Isaac with cords and laid him upon the altar. Just as Abraham raised his knife to kill his son, an authoritative voice from heaven said, “Do not lay a hand upon the boy.” Abraham looked and saw a ram caught by its horns.
As a result of these events, Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh “the Lord will provide” (Genesis 22:14). Jehovah Jireh is not a personal name of God, but rather, the name of a place where God appeared. Still, it is a name that we ascribe to God. The name means God sees to everything beforehand. We never have a need that is not already met.
The key to discovering God to be our Jehovah Jireh is to give up our Isaac, the thing that is dearest to us. It’s praying, “Lord, You know what I want, and You love me better than I love myself. I choose Your provision over my own.”
When we willingly give up our deepest desire, then, and only then, can we discover that God’s provisions are always better than we could imagine.
For instance, God’s provisions always look ahead much further than we can see. If we were allowed to design our blessings, we would ask for blessings prematurely or for blessings too small. God often withholds what we ask because He has higher plans for us that we can imagine.
He may lead us through what would seem to be unkind, unfair, and totally unnecessary paths. Suddenly He brings us to a turn in the road, where we’re allowed to see His beautiful plan and we glimpse a whole cluster of answered prayers. We then can see that the long and perhaps lonely way God led us was necessary so that He could provide far more blessings than we would have thought to pray for.
I praise You, Father, that all Your purposes toward us end in infinite and eternal love.
“They that know thy name will put their trust in thee” (Psalm 9:10 KJV).
July 7, 2010 at 2:42 am
its also a nice song!!!!!!
July 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm
This is an awesome reflection on a passage that troubles a lot of people-especially parents!
I love this line, “The key to discovering God to be our Jehovah Jireh is to give up our Isaac, the thing that is dearest to us.” That takes real faith, but it rewards so richly!
I’m so glad you left a comment over at my place, because it let me find you!
Happy Friday, Rachel!
July 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm
Hi Becky – so glad you stopped by. It does take true faith to let go what is dearest to us – but it is the path to true fulfillment 🙂
July 10, 2010 at 2:07 am
“Giving up our Isaac” is a powerful and challenging thought to reach our full potential in Christ. I had not heard of the Jehovah Jireh–thanks for the strong messages.
July 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Hi Slamdunk – I agree – it is a message that has hit me really hard lately. So much truth in it.
July 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm
I love the reminder that we never have a need that hasn’t been met. What a wonderful promise that God who knew our first day from our last day has supplies us with all we need for today.
I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. It has been an encouragement to me.
July 11, 2010 at 10:13 pm
Hi Liz – it is a tremendous promise to His children – how He will supply all our needs. I think sometimes we get caught up in the future and worry about this and that – when we look at our very present moment and realize we have what we need. 🙂