Provisions by Our Great Provider

Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.” (Gen. 22:14 NAS)

The scripture above records the story of Abraham, and his son Isaac, on Mount Moriah. When God miraculously provided a lamb for Abraham to use rather than his son, Abraham called the name of the place “Jehovah Jireh,” which means “The Lord will provide.”

The Lord provided the lamb that Abraham needed for a sacrifice. Just before they had arrived at the mountain, Abraham had spoken in faith to his son Isaac that “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (Gen. 22:8 NAS).

The Lord even provided a Lamb for the sins of the world. When God provides for us, He supplies what we need beyond natural circumstances. The same God who provided Jesus is more than able to provide for every other need that you have. He is Jehovah Jireh, who provides all your needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.

For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing (Deut. 2:7 KJV).

Moses made the remarkable statement above to the Israelites and said, ” . . . these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.” Yes, you read it right. They lacked nothing for 40 years in a desert!

The Lord wants us to trust completely in His ability to provide for all of our needs. Your trust in God’s provision is His antidote in your life against anxiety and worry. In fact, whenever we worry about our needs in life we are declaring our lack of trust in God’s ability to provide for us. Worry is the voice of unbelief and distrust in God’s providence in our lives.

His providence is not only limited to spiritual things. He is able to meet all our needs, both spiritual and physical. Some Christians find it easy to believe that God forgives their sins, but quite hard to believe that God can make provision to care for their financial needs.

The scripture above reminds us that our God is able to meet every need, in any place and for any duration of time. If He did it for at least two million Jews who left Egypt for a desert in the middle of nowhere and stayed there for 40 years, then He will certainly meet your needs today.

MEDITATE

What are the two most important physical needs for anyone in a dry desert? How did God make provision for these needs while the Israelites journeyed in the desert?

APPLY THE WORD

There is no greater evidence of telling God that we trust Him than to cease worrying. Do the Word today, and “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6)

PRAY

Thank the Lord for being your Provider. Thank the Lord for His wonderful provision in our lives.  Take a moment to remember the greatest provision of all, which is Jesus Christ Himself, as the Lamb for our sins. Pray for the grace to trust in and rely on Him at all times without worrying.

— P. Oben