I planned to move on to another name of God, but there is so much about our Jehovah Jireh, I just had to stay here a while and soak it all in. See last week’s post about Jehovah Jireh. In revisiting Jehovah this is a form of Yahweh, which is from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be or exist.” It also indicates “to become known.” How comforting to recognize how our Father constantly makes Himself known to us!
Though the name Jehovah Jireh only occurs in Genesis 22:14, (Abraham called the place of sacrifice by that name in honor and memorial of how God provided a sacrifice for him as a substitute for Isaac) all through the Bible, the Lord is shown as One who provides for His people. The word jireh is a form of the verb “to see” indicating knowledge of a need and in vs. 8 and 14, jireh is used as the provision appears. but there is so much more to this name!
This is part of the Sermon on the Mount and is one of my favorite sections. In it, Christ Himself, the One who would actually know such things first hand, urges us not to worry about what we’ll eat or drink or what we’re going to wear. He uses the examples of the birds and how the Father takes care of them. He also shows how luxuriantly the Lord clothes the flowers that don’t last but for a few days. And He didn’t breathe His own breath into the birds or flowers. He cares for the birds, but He ADORES his children!
I follow this section up with another one that is my favorite, Matthew 7:9-11:
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
We, as parents, might have a fondness for dogs or cats or rats or snakes. But we ADORE our children. We’d make sure they have everything they need to be successful, to be happy, to learn, to grow. Would our Father do anything less?
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Oh, wow! Paul’s saying that to his Christian brothers and sisters. He’s saying it to us, too! How cool is that.
But this verse uses an important word: meet. Think of the action of that word. Shaking hands, hugging when you meet someone. But if you pass before they do, or come afterward, you don’t meet them. I’m reminded of this concept when I start getting anxious about something. He will meet my needs. But He’ll never come too early and He’ll never be late.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” One of my all-time FAVORITES! And it’s brother in verse 25 that’s from an old gospel song: “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.”
This verse is just after Paul’s greeting to the Ephesians and it praises God. It also expounds that He has “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.” So God not only takes care of our physical needs here on the earth, but He’s also taken care of any spiritual needs we might have with blessings now and more to come.
I remember driving just the other day and His blessing caught me off-guard. I looked up through the windshield and pointed my finger to heaven. “You did that, didn’t you.” Can’t help but smile when He showers his blessings! He is definitely our Jehovah Jireh!
Your Turn: When was the last time you recognized God’s provision for something.