God's provision often comes in unique ways, from odd sources and always at just the right time.
Are you yearning for something from God just now? Perhaps you’re waiting for an answer to prayer… a job, a marriage, a prodigal. You might be hoping for a miracle… a healing, a pregnancy, or maybe a new beginning.
Jehovah~Jireh [The Lord Will Provide] -
The text in Chapter 22 of Genesis begins with God testing Abraham using the very thing He promised to give him years earlier. Abraham’s only son – flesh of his flesh – was to be offered up as a burnt offering on a mountain in the land of Moriah. Isaac was precious to him and Sarah, and that made the request all the more heart-wrenching for the aging father.
After Abraham and Isaac left the young men and donkey behind, they traveled to the place God had shown him. Isaac carried the wood on his back and Abraham carried the fire and a knife for the sacrifice. As they journeyed, Isaac voiced his concern over the fact that there was no lamb for the burnt offering. That is when Abraham told his son, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”
As Isaac lay bound on the crude altar upon the wood, Abraham lifted his weapon to slay his son. The Angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven saying, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Verse 13 says, “Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day." Abraham knew God would provide what was required. Faith told him to believe God for the provision, but he did not know how it would come.
We often look ahead to see what God will do on our behalf when we have a need. We rehearse in our mind just how it all might come together. But I began to think about how Abraham’s provision was behind him.
As he was concentrating on being obedient to God, he was totally unaware of how God was orchestrating his circumstances. God would position exactly what was needed at precisely the right time in exactly the right place.
This is a great quote by one of my favorite Bible study teachers and mentors:
"Not only has Jehovah-Jireh foreseen your need for eternal salvation,
He also sees your day-by-day needs."
(Kay Arthur – To Know Him by Name)
Remember, God’s great vault contains all of the gold, silver and precious metals this earth contains. His treasure chest is overflowing with diamonds, rubies, and all kinds of precious stones. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and He is the keeper of all living creatures.
God has no lack – He simply cannot run out of provision for you and me.
In Matthew 17:27 Jesus provided what was needed in dramatic fashion. Peter was confronted by the temple tax collector and assured him that his Teacher paid lawful taxes. The One whom the wind and waves obeyed instructed Peter to go out and cast a hook into the sea. He was told to take the first fish that came up and retrieve a coin from its mouth, sufficient to pay the exact temple tax for two as was required.
Whatever you are in need of – your Heavenly Father can and will supply. Do not recoil from asking, nor despair while you wait…
He is already moving mountains and placing your ram in the thicket - right behind you.
Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “
Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their
spouse doesn’t share their passion. It will encourage and challenge the
reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.