God Will Provide
13Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
The Lord Will Provide. Jehovah Jireh, the name given to God after He provided a sacrifice for Abraham. To provide is a verb to equip or supply, make available for use, or make adequate preparation for something. What can we learn from this scripture and how can we apply it to our life?
Believe God and take him at his Word. Whether or not Abraham believed God would provide for him or not, did NOT change the fact that God would provide. Throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible provides many examples of God’s provision. Abraham and his son in the book of Genesis, the widow and Elijah in 1 Kings 17, to Paul in Philippi, God faithfully provided for everyday people like us so why is so difficult to have faith that he will provide for us as well?
Be obedient to what the Lord asks of us. As I was reading through this well-known story of the Bible, I noticed that Abraham believed God would provide a sacrifice. He not only believed it for himself but encouraged his young son in believing this as well. In verse 8, Abraham said “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering”. Abraham obediently did what God told him to do regardless of the outcome. He set the example for his son to follow suit. In 1 Kings 17:15, it say’s; so, she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the world of the Lord which he spoke by Elijah. God did not just provide for them but provided abundantly more than they needed.
Look up to the Lord and He will provide. It is quite easy to focus on the areas in which we are asking for God’s provision in and forget to look up to the Lord. Just as Abraham was focusing on that which he had to do, sacrificing of his son, it says then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked. The widow was focused on the sickness and death of her son that she struggled to look up to the Lord and have faith in how he would provide for her and ultimately heal her son through Elijah. How many times do we do the same thing in our own lives?
Do you believe God is your provider? What do you need to believe God for? What do you need to be obedient in? Are you focused on the problem and not looking up to the Lord for provision?
Psalm 145:14-16 The Lord upholds all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all looks expectantly to You, and You given the their food in due season. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.