Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Will Provide

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Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Will Provide

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.”

Jehovah Jireh is one of the
best known names of God. This name is found in one solitary verse in the Bible,
Genesis 22:14. Jehovah Jireh means The Lord Will Provide, and is the name
memorialized by Abraham when God provided the ram to be sacrificed in place of
Isaac. We know from the bible that God loves to meet the needs of His people.
Jesus said that God is aware of everything that happens even to sparrows, and
we are much more valuable to Him than the sparrows are. God places such value
of us that He even counts every hairs on our head (Matthew 10:29-30). He will
take care of us and will provide us with all our needs. In the same way that
Abraham discovered Jehovah Jireh, we too are called upon to discover that God
is the source of all our Provision. 

A. The Provisions of God
(Genesis 22:1-14)
God tested
Abraham by commanding him to offer his “son of promise,” Isaac, as a burnt
offering. Early the next morning, Abraham and Isaac travel to a mountain called
Moriah, the place God had specified. Abraham carried the fire and the knife
while Isaac carried the wood for the burnt offering on his back. As they neared
the site, Isaac questioned Abraham concerning the intended offering: “Where is
the lamb?” With great faith and foresight, Abraham responds, “God himself will
provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son”. Upon reaching the place God
had chosen, Abraham demonstrated his faith and obedience by building an altar,
binding Isaac, and placing him on the wood. Before Abraham could finish sacrificing
the offering, the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and Isaac’s life
was spared. Then, “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”. Abraham names the place “Jehovah Jireh” because
of God’s gracious provision of a substitute for Isaac.
1. God provides what we need
Abraham needed to have an
alternative sacrifice so that he need not have to sacrifice his son. God
provided that sacrifice (Genesis 22:13). God loves to provide what we need.
What are our needs today? Bring them to the Lord because He has promised to
provide for us according to the riches that are in Christ Jesus (Philippians
4:19). We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our
needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain, and they
want things they do not really need. God does not promise that He will supply
all our wants, but He promises that He will supply, and fulfill all our needs.
Many people seek God for physical needs, but we must not forget to seek His
provision for our spiritual and emotional needs as well. 
2. God provides the
sacrifice of sin
The sacrifice of the ram
provided by God is a shadow of what is to come. When Isaac was supposed to die,
a ram was provided in his place. When we are supposed to die for our sins, God
would later provide Christ to die on the cross on our behalf, so that we need
not to die. 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).
3. God provides a way out of
our difficulties
Abraham was
in a dilemma. On one hand, he wanted to obey the Lord. On the other hand, he
did not wish to kill his son. God provided a way for Abraham to come out of the
dilemma. God provided a solution by providing a ram as a substitute for Isaac
to be the burn offering on the altar. Another area of difficulty for us is
temptation. Sometimes the temptation is so strong that we have difficulty
fighting it. God will provide a way out of that situation as well. He promised
that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God
is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when
you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1
Corinthians 10:13 NIV).
4. God provides the
resources for whatever He calls us to do
Whatever God calls us to do, He
will provide us with the resources to do it. Abraham was called to offer a
sacrifice. It was God who provided Him what he needed to make that sacrifice.
Time and again, Old Testament prophets learned that when God called them to do
something, God also promised to give them the resources. One such person was
Moses. When God called him to demand Pharaoh to set the Jews free, he told God
to send someone else because he could not speak well. To this excuse, God
promised to provide what he needed – the words that he needed to speak to
Pharaoh. When even this is not enough for Moses, God provided further resources
to make him even more secure. God provided him a spokesman, his brother Aaron. 
B. Conditions of God’s
1. God will provide if we
have faith
Abraham was prepared to carry
out the sacrifice of his son Isaac. But deep down he believed that he would not
have to do so, because God would provide an animal for him to sacrifice on the
altar (Genesis 22:8). If we want God to Provide for us, we must have faith.
James says that we should not expect God to grant us anything if we don’t have
faith (James 1:6-7). 
2. God will provide if we
obey him
obeyed the Lord’s command to sacrifice his son immediately, without delay
(Genesis 22:3). We must first obey God before He will provide. Abraham obeyed
God’s command and in return God provided for him. Do we need God to provide for
us in some way today? If so search our hearts to see whether we have fully
obeyed God.
C. Reflection
You may have heard about the
guy who fell off a cliff and on his way down he was able to grab onto a tree
branch jutting out from the face of the rock. As he hung there reviewing his
options, he started yelling, “Is anyone up there?” He was surprised to hear a
voice say to him, “Yes, this is God.” The man was greatly relieved, and quickly
shuttered, “God, can you save me?” God responded, “Of course I can.” The man
was really happy now and shouted out, “Great! What should I do?” The answer
from the Almighty was not what he was expecting: “Let go of the branch.” After
a long period of silence, the man replied faintly, “Is there anyone else up
We’re like this man sometimes,
aren’t we? We want God to help us but we don’t always want to do what He says.
Specifically, we’re not always interested in letting go of those things that we
think are holding us up. It’s tough to release our grip and give control of our
lives to God. We kind of know God will provide but maybe we don’t have enough
faith to be really sure that He’ll come through for us. As so we hold on, and
wonder if there is someone else who can help us. 
1. Are you willing to give up
something you truly want if God wants you to?
2. Is there a place in your
life where you are waiting on God to provide, yet you are not being obedient to
do some of the most basic things that God has asked of you?
3. Have you been studying His
Word (Luke 4:4) or praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17) despite the clear commands in
Scripture to do both? 
The Lord is
our Provider. He loves us and He has a good plan for our lives. He wants to
bless us so we can fulfill His plan and purpose, so we can really enjoy our
lives. And in His Word, He tells us who He is and how we can access everything
we need through Christ. Trust God to meet every need in our lives today. He
wants to be our healer, comforter, wisdom, peace, joy – anything and everything
we need. He wants us to live in His grace, forgiveness, mercy and strength.
Rest in Him with confidence that He is the Lord our Provider!
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