Friday, May 18, 2012

Jehovahjireh


The agony which must have coursed through Abraham's soul after those fateful words were spoken: "Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” could hardly be imagined. I marvel at the tremendous amount of faith and love Abraham and Isaac had as they worked to fulfil the divine command, though it seemed that God was asking something unreasonable, and contrary to all the promises that were given to Abraham. As Abraham lifted the knife to slay his beloved son, God called out "Abraham! Abraham! Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me." At the climax of this test, at the climax of their faith God stepped in. It was enough. He knew for a certainty where Abraham's love and loyalty was and He provided. Abraham saw a ram caught in the bushes so he took it and offered it for a burnt offering to God instead of his son, Isaac. Abraham called the name of that place "Jehovahjireh" in other words, "The Lord will see to it or the Lord will provide". Most assuredly, all who put their faith in God will also have a Mount Moriah where they may, as Abraham did, rename "Jehovahjireh".

Perhaps the Mount Moriah in your life is salvation and whether or not you can be forgiven and accepted of God. Well, the Lord has already provided for you. When the human race was condemned to die, through Jesus, a way was provided whereby all who trust in Him might be saved. I won't say it is free, for it cost the blood of Jesus, and that is the highest price that ever could be paid for you or for me. Doesn't that thrill you with awe that the life of the Son of God was shed for you, that you might be saved and have life? You must only believe-believe enough to give your whole heart to God and have faith in His promises.

Perhaps the Mount Moriah in your life is character perfection. If you are struggling with discouragement that you do not have strength to overcome, God has promised to grant power and victory to all who ask of Him. He will provide the grace necessary to sustain you. He will complete the work that He has started in you. It may drive you to your knees in prayer, but it is in realizing our total helplessness and having faith enough to depend on One who is stronger, that the victory will be gained.

Maybe it is financial issues, needs, decisions, or a whole host of other things. The promise is there “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) God will provide! He'll supply your needs physical, mentally and spiritually.

I heard a story once of a grandmother who had to take care of her grandchildren. She was poor and struggled daily to put food on the table. One day, they had nothing and the children were hungry. Grandma set the table, she took the bread knife and sharpened it, then she gathered the children around her and thanked God for the food that He was going to send them. After they had finished praying, someone knocked on the door and said he had felt impressed to bring them food! God rewarded their faith and did provide!

There other stories, some on how God revealed His will to His servants to go and speak to someone, or preach at meetings when they were so ill they had to be carried into the meeting room. However the moment they stood up to preach they were filled with strength and power to proclaim the messages God had given them to share. It took faith, much faith to travel and even to try, but God provided the strength and the health!

Perhaps the trials in life will not make any sense to us. Perhaps our 'Mount Moriah' experience will take us out of our comfort zone in faith, and stretch us, like Abraham. Perhaps we will have to set the table and sharpen the knife as the widowed grandmother, or be taken in our sick bed to the meeting so to speak, but if we will resist every cloud of doubt, believe God and act on our faith according to His will, He will provide! As our faith, so shall it be! If we ask much and expect much, we shall receive much. For Abraham's faith, God promised "in blessing I will bless thee.."(Genesis 22:17) and that promise is just as much to you and I for our faith, as it was to Abraham and his.

What a motto to build a life, shape a life and carry through life - "Jehovahjireh - The Lord will see to it, or the Lord will provide"! Shall we make it ours?

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