“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” —Matthew 6:31–32
Jehovah Jireh is the name of God that means “The Lord will Provide.” God is willing and able to meet every need of His people. When we believe Jehovah Jireh, we are given hope blended with faith, and the result is trust. Abraham became acquainted with Jehovah Jireh in the greatest test of his life. The task was even bigger than when he left his home for an unknown land. God had fulfilled the promise of the birth of a son to aged Abraham and his barren wife, Sarah. And now, God asked Abraham to do the unthinkable: to sacrifice his precious and only son, Isaac, to God as an offering.
In Genesis 22:14, we find the place God revealed Himself as Jehovah Jireh—I AM the Lord who Provides. As Abraham raised his knife to slay his son, God provided the ram for the sacrifice in place of Isaac.
Genesis 22:14 says, “Abraham named the place ‘The Lord will provide.’” Last week we learned the name Jehovah (YHWH or Yahweh) offers God’s personal touch as he gives us intimate access to Himself. Here we see “Jireh” as another adjective: God offering Himself as our provision by His specific method of deliverance.
God tested Abraham, which proved his faith as true, real, genuine, and authentic. When we pass this type of test, it always results in spiritual growth and blessing. Isn’t that how God works? In the eleventh hour, God provides. God wants us to trust Him, to look for no other solutions other than what He provides.
When we know Jehovah Jireh, we trust Him to meet needs that can only be met by Him. Sometimes it seems God takes His time answering, but God is never late—He is always working and will always come through for us. God will provide for every need we have as we submit our needs to Him to meet them in His way and in His time.
Some of the greatest tests of our faith exhaust every possible resource, forcing us to look upon God’s provision as our only hope. AW Tozer says, “The happy Christian has met the Lord personally and found Him an all sufficient Savior and Lord. He has burned all the bridges in every direction.”
Abram called the place Jehovah Jireh—”The Lord will Provide.” “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:19
Heavenly Father, for each and every relationship, task, or trial, you ask me to lay on the altar. I commit these to you. Jehovah Jireh, you are my personal deliverer, provider, Almighty God. I have experienced your provision over and over again. Thank you for the tests you have given me. Thank you, Jehovah Jireh, for offering me many opportunities to trust you. I pray for your strength as I wait and witness your continued provision as you supply every need I have. I surrender, submit, and sacrifice all upon your altar. It’s all for your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.