Friday, May 9, 2008

My Jehovah-Jireh... My Lord, He Provides

I cannot imagine what Abraham was feeling as he walked up the mountain that early morning. Just the night before, God had told Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, the one that he loved, up the mountain and sacrifice him there as a burnt offering. I wonder if Abraham got a wink of sleep that night?? I wonder if he dreded seeing the first signs of daybreak?? I wonder if he complained to Sarah about what God was putting them through?? I wonder if Sarah cried herself to sleep that night?? No matter what the night brought... the morning found Abraham up early, packing up his donkey. He cut the firewood that he would need for the fire. He even took some servants with him. Scripture tells us that early the next morning, Abraham set out to obey God.

Abraham tells the servants to stay back while he and the boy go to worship. Then he said, "WE will come back to you". He said WE. Knowing that God had told him to sacrifice the only one that he was taking over there with him... he still said "we". When his sweet boy asked "where is the lamb for the sacrifice?"... Abraham answered, "God HIMSELF will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son". Now that is faith!!

Jehovah-Jireh... means the Lord will provide.

After a tough week last week... we continued to trust and wait on God ... My Jehovah-Jireh, My Lord that Provides... provided. It may have been in small ways... But God provided.

God provided the faith to continue to trust him.
God provided the peace that rested on my soul.
God provided some extra work for my husband for the next six weeks.
God provided some overtime at my job.
God provided a "promising word" about something that we have been waiting on for nearly 2 years.
God provided an extra $40 today so that my daughter could finally get some shoes that she wanted. (that she doesn't like now... but that will be another story)
God provided a hunger in my husbands heart for His word this week.

Abraham trusted his Jehovah-Jireh to provide a lamb for the sacrifice after he had been told that the sacrifice would be his son... I will continue to trust my Jehovah-Jireh to work our situation to our good and to His glory.

Psalm 89:1-2
"I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself."

God is faithful. God... Jehovah-Jireh.... God will provide.
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elaine @ peace for the journey said...

That's amazing faith...both yours and Abraham's. When I think about this particular poriton of Abraham's story, I think about he and his son climbing the mountain on one side, and God's provision for the sacrifice climbing the other. Abraham couldn't have known what awaited his surrender, but God did.

This visual helps me when I consider all the mountains I am required to climb in faith without ever knowing how the Lord will provide. I haven't thought about it in a long time, so I'm very glad for the reminder. I think I will close my night by reading it again.


Regina said...

It's awesome to be a part of answered prayer. Thanks for being real and allowing me to be a part of your life. Your story gives me great faith in MY Lord, MY Jehovah-Jireh!

Amy said...

Hi Lynn!

What an awesome post! He most definitely does provide!

I so love the story of Abraham and Sarah......My husband and I have been waiting on a promise from God for almost 7 years now; when I get frustrated or impatient, I think about them. And I love that Isaac's name means laughter or to laugh, and that Sarah knew that any one who hears her story would laugh with her when they heard it.:)

I'll be honest though, I've asked God to please deliver our promise before I'm 90....Amen? :) Bless Sarah's heart, 25 years is a long time to wait on anything!:)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love daisies too; they are such a happy flower. And Bridget Jones makes me laugh out loud.:)

Take care and God Bless,

Kelly said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I am blessed by what I'm reading on your blog and am thankful to have had the opportunity to visit you in your cyberhome! It sounds like our circumstances are very similar and that we've had the same spiritual struggles, questions, answers, and blessings over many month's time. I prayed for you today and I look forward to visiting you again.

In Him,

Kelly said...

Oh... I forgot to mention that the title of your blog spoke to me. The very same day I visited your blog, I had stumbled onto another one where the writer posted about being "in between".

In a conversation w/ her counselor he told her she was not where she's been, but not yet where she intended. She was in between. When she questioned what she should do while being "in between" he said "Linger." Linger where God had placed her, and learn.

We are definitely still in our "in between" here, too.

I think I may have my topic for my next post. :-)

Amanda said...

I loved this Lynn. I've started calling it when God calls you up, He will provide. I've been up this mountain a lot lately.

And just like the last comment, I'm feelin' your "somewhere in the middle" too. When you come down from the mountain, and you look around and see all that God HAS given us... our current homes, our little families, our churches and neighborhoods, and here is where we linger and serve til it's time to move on! How blessed we are!

Lynn, I'm always blessed when I come here. Thank you for sharing His provisions for your family! It's SO good to hear of His good works and love!

jcdisciple said...

You are right on target girl. I know it's hard to wait on God (see my post on May 11th, 2008), but He does provide and when He does it is ALWAYS greater than we can think or imagine.

God Bless and Happy Mama's Day

Kristen said...

What an awesome post! Oh how the Lord does provide!

He provides us with exactly what we need at exactly the right time!

I pray that this week is better for you my sister! I know that no matter what - the Lord will provide!

Mommyluann said...

Love this post. Thanks for sharing...