15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
Trials are difficult circumstances that God allows or causes/introduces in our lives to show us where we are in our spiritual life and/or to prepare us for where He wants us to go. You cannot escape trials in your life. You are either currently dealing with a trial, coming out of a trial, or getting ready to go in another trial. Even though trials are sometimes very difficult or stressful, we can still have comfort knowing that trials must first pass through God’s hand before reaching us. Nothing comes our way without first receiving His approval.
We learn about God’s name, Jehovah Jireh, in Genesis 22:1-18 when Abraham offered up his son Isaac on the altar of sacrifice. He did what God asked him to do even though he didn’t know how God was going to work it out. God provided a lamb when He saw Abraham going forth in obedience to sacrifice his son. He provided a way out of Abraham’s trial. Just like God provided a lamb for Abraham, God provided Jesus, the Lamb of God, to forgive us of our sin. John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Hallelujah!!!
God, who loves us so very much, is concerned about our basic needs, i.e., food, clothing, and shelter. Matthew 6:25-27 - Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Matthew 7:11 - If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! God will surely provide what we need. We have to trust Him. To not worry doesn’t mean that we should not work or do anything. II Thessalonians 3:10 – For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. Working is part of the way that God provides for us. God wants us to work, and He also desires that we worship Him! Psalms 100:2 – Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Worrying consumes good energy and accomplishes nothing at all. Matthew 6:27 – Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Worrying discourages us and can make us get sick and stressed out.
As we are going through trials, God wants us to learn to make Him our top priority. Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. He wants us to pray to Him – persistently seeking His face for direction and solutions to our trials. Luke 18:1-5 - Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ Never give up praying during trials until He answers. How the Lord answers may not be what you expect though. As we wait on the Lord for Him to provide for us, our strength will be renewed and our faith in Him will be developed. Isaiah 40:31 - But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father: Thank you so much for saving me and daily providing for me! You are showing me that I shouldn’t worry about my needs being met in this life if I put you first. You, Jehovah Jireh, are my provider!! All this I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
(by Marsha Williams)
Amen! Thank you my sister for your encouraging words.
So true. Thank you Lord for being our Jehovah Jireh.
Amen Sis Marsha! Thank You Lord!!
Amen Sis. Marsha! Thank you for this encouraging devotional. He certainly our Jehovah Jirah!
Amen! I'm so glad that the Lord provides my every need!
Praise God for being my provider!!!!
Amen! Wait on the Lord; He will renew your strength by His Word.
Amen ! praise God for being my Jehovah Jireh!!
Amen Sis. Marsha! Thank you Lord!!