“Jehovah-Jireh” is the KJV’s translation of YHWH-Yireh and means “The LORD Will Provide
I have recently been thinking a lot about the names of God and so I thought I would share some thoughts here. The one that most sticks in my mind and I keep going back to again and again is Jehovah Jireh.
“God will provide.”
I’ve been wondering how this, one truth of who God is, could change how I live my life if I could only grasp it in full clarity?
The first place this name of God is used in the bible is with Abraham. God provided a lamb instead of Abraham sacrificing his son and called the place Jehovah-Jireh because God had provided.
I love that so so much!! It was amazing to me, when reading through the text, how Abraham was already counting on God to provide a lamb and God did! This also fills me with joy to think of how this was an example of how God would provide the ultimate lamb sacrifice for our sins. His own son, Jesus Christ.
And He did that too!!
I think it is very safe to believe and bank our lives on the fact that our God is a God who will provide for His children. I think the bible is FULL of saying over and over again this fact.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”
2 Corinthians 9:8
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Psalm 23:1 (want means to lack, I shall not lack anything)
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.
Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
Oh, there so many I can’t list them all! So if God is a provider and He said He would provide and help us over and over again…why do we shrink back from believing and trusting Him? Is it because we don’t have experience of God providing? Have we not proved Him to be true when He says I will take care of you?
I think so.
We work ourselves silly trying to cover all corners and prop ourselves up to make sure we are comfortably set in life. We insure ourselves to the max because of “what if’s”. It seems we are so afraid to ever be in a place where we might have only God to rely on for provision.
Maybe, just maybe, the reason we don’t see much of God’s provision in our lives is that we won’t let ourselves get into situations that are uncomfortable and God is all we have.
But I don’t live apart from God.
I don’t want to make God my last option.
I want to live near to Him.
I want Him to be my one only hope.
I want to see Him provide.
I want to live in the reality of who He is.
I want to behold His glory, power, and beauty.
I would like to quote Hudson Taylor below. If you have never read about his life, I encourage you to do so.
“To me, it was a very grave matter [he wrote of that winter] to contemplate going out to China, far from all human aid, there to depend upon the living God alone for protection, supplies, and the help of every kind. I felt that one’s spiritual muscles required strengthening for such an undertaking. There was no doubt that if faith did fail, God would not fail. But what if one’s faith should prove insufficient? I had not at that time learned that even ” if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful; he cannot deny himself”. It was consequently a very serious matter to my mind, not whether He was faithful, but whether I had strong enough faith to warrant my embarking on the enterprise set before me. “When I get to China,” I thought to myself, “I shall have no claim on anyone for anything. My only claim will be on God. How important to learn, before leaving England, to move man, through God, by prayer alone.” -Hudson Taylor
“He was still depending on the Lord alone for supplies, for though his father and the Society which ultimately sent him to China both offered to help with his expenses, he felt he must not lose the opportunity of further testing the promises of God.”
That just amazes me.
He saw his need to rely on God alone and he put himself in places where he would prove God on this before he left for China.
A bit radical, but I love it.
Oh, may we press on to know Him more fully! Oh, that we would leave our fears behind and trust Him BIG. What glories may we see and know of Him as the result?
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now unto him, that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”