Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
After God blessed Abraham and Sarah with their long-awaited son, God tested Abraham’s love and obedience. The test was severe, unthinkable. God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his son, as a burnt offering. What would you have done? Abraham, with a heavy heart, complied. As he took his knife to take his son’s life, God 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, your only son” (Genesis 22:12). Abraham looked up and saw the sacrifice that God had provided—a ram–caught in a thicket. He named the place, Jehovah Jireh, the LORD Will Provide.
God is Jehovah Jireh. He always provides exactly what we need exactly when we need it. Someone has said that God is seldom early but never late. He is always right on time. He sees our situation. He always delivers. He always gives us exactly what we need.
- Tell God—Jehovah Jireh—what you need. Maybe unemployment has rocked your world. Maybe an illness has blindsided you. Maybe the death of a loved one has brought life to a grieving halt. Maybe circumstances have left you exhausted. Maybe you are filled with anxiety. You need comfort, strength, peace. Tell the God who provides what you need.
- Tell God what your family needs. Maybe your child is going through a tough stretch. Maybe a relationship has been strained or broken. Maybe you need reconciliation with another family member. Tell Jehovah Jireh—the God who provides—what you need.
And…keep talking with Jehovah Jireh throughout the day.
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