Some people who are very poor materially seem to have all they need. To those around them, they appear happy and comfortable in their meager lifestyle. They might even tell you that they are not in want and have no reason to worry about the future.
There are other people who appear rich in material possessions but will admit to worrying constantly about the future. Will they have enough for a comfortable retirement? What about medical emergencies that come along the way? The market may crash; their company might fold… there is always something that robs them of joy.
As believers, we have a God whose name is Jehovah Jireh—the Lord will provide. This is a Hebrew name that first appears in the Bible with the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. God asked Abraham to offer Isaac as a human sacrifice as a test to their faith in the one true God. Both father and son obeyed the order without hesitation.
“The Lord will provide”
With Isaac on the altar and the knife is drawn, the Angel of the Lord called out from heaven and advised Abraham that God would provide the sacrifice. Abraham lifted his eyes and thereby saw the ram, which he took and offered instead of his son. Isaac’s life was saved, It is significant to note that both father and son had been willing to follow through with the Lord’s order had the Angel of the Lord not intervened. In verse 14 of Genesis 22, Abraham named the place Jehovah Jireh, the Lord-will-see-to-it or “the Lord will provide.”
When times are tough, this is the name of God we rest in. Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide. Whatever our needs, He will provide. Whatever the future, He will provide. Such assurance we have! There is no justification for worry. In fact, to worry about things that God has promised is to lack faith in what He says and also in who He is.
The election, the pandemic, our jobs, and our futures—God is in control and He promises in scripture to provide for our needs. Our Jehovah Jireh is a promise-keeping God.