Has God ever challenged you to do something that you felt like you didn’t have the strength, skill, or resources to accomplish? Did it feel like your faith was being tested? Well guess what? God has a history of asking us to do that which we don’t believe can be done, but he rarely is trying to see if we can do it. Most of the time it’s a test of faith and obedience. What normally happens is that with our obedience we come to know God as Jehovah Jireh, our provider.
This is seen when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his promised child, Isaac. Genesis 22 chronicles this significant event where Abraham shows us the power of our obedience and how it unlocks the identity of God as our provider. When God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, he didn’t waiver according to scripture. In fact, it says he got up early to go forth and do what was asked of him. Was it hard? I believe it tore Abraham up inside, but with the relationship He had with God and understanding of who God is, He was willing to be obedient. What’s interesting is that throughout the whole preparation process, Abraham and Isaac seemed to be at peace with whatever God was going to allow to happen. Abraham reached the point where he tied Isaac down and right when he was getting ready to kill Isaac an angel appeared. The angel told Abraham to not harm Isaac and what do you know, a ram appears to be stuck in the bushes. This ram became the offering in place of Isaac and from that point forward Abraham knew God as a provider.
In the same way, God does this for us everyday. Maybe not to the extent of telling us to sacrifice a child, but he does ask us to make sacrifices. Sometimes, those sacrifices can be time, money, a career, or relationship. Whatever it is, one thing I’ve recognized is that he has always made provision for whatever he has asked of me. For instance, he told me to move and even though I thought I was losing I later realized that he made provision for me every step of the way. When I needed to pay for an unexpected bill, he made provision by presenting an opportunity for me to earn more money, or he sent someone to bless me. Although the need was different, provision was made.
Read and meditate on Genesis 22. Think about how God as Jehovah Jireh and reflect on how he has provided for you. When has he instructed you to do something outside of your comfort zone and you obeyed? How did you react? How did God respond to your obedience? How does knowing him as Jehovah Jireh help you to better understand and honor him?
Write your reflection down, make a post or video if you want, and use #GreatIAmChallenge . If you find yourself struggling to see God as a provider, feel free to message me and we can definitely cover it in prayer and discuss it. Have a blessed day and remember that every task assigned by God will be met with provision from him... just trust and obey him.