Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide
I remember that weekend clearly. We were expecting our first child and it was time to pick a name. Not one name but two actually since we didn't know if mama was expecting a baby boy or girl. Armed with half a dozen of name books my wife and I went away for two days. We had some good laughs and lots of serious conversation before agreeing on two sets of names.
Our sweet baby turned out to be a boy, and we named him Joshua Cornelis. Joshua means God saves and Cornelis is my dad’s first name. In giving him these names we expressed hope in God that one day he would save Joshua, and turn him into a godly man, just like my dad.
Names carry meaning and it's no different for the names of God. Each of God’s many names tells us something unique about his multi-faceted character and limitless capacities. Studying the names of God is not academic but pragmatic. It should increase our confidence in God.
Our God is Jehovah-Jireh, which is Hebrew for “the Lord will provide”. Just as he provided yesterday, he will provide today and again tomorrow. This was the lesson Abraham learned. God presented him with a massive test of faith. Abraham was to sacrifice his son Isaac (Gen. 22:1). He was the son of God’s promise. But amazingly, Abraham’s faith did not waver. He trusted God’s plan. He assured Isaac that God would provide the lamb (Gen. 22:8). He reasoned that God had the power to raise his son from the dead (Heb. 11:19).
Abraham binds Isaac. He raises his knife. He hears the Lord’s voice. He sees a ram, God’s provision of a substitute! He offers the animal instead of his son (Gen. 22:13). When the test is over he marks the mountain with the name of God: Jehovah Jireh. The Lord will provide (Gen. 22:14).
God has not changed. He always will provide for his people because He already did provide. God gave us Jesus Christ, our substitute who died, taking our place, on mount Calvary. He then opened the eyes of our hearts and rescued us from the one-way road to eternal punishment each of us traveled on. In comparison, all our other needs are small-scale.
God can and will take care of those smaller spiritual and temporal needs of ours. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Rom. 8:32). Our needs are on his radar. They will not escape his attention.
Praise Jehovah Jireh!