I have to admit that in the past, my habit has been to focus on a problem and seek a solution. This would typically entail:
- Reading lots of books
- Listening to tapes
- Seeking advice from experienced people
Of course, I would pray. But I realize that I was seeking solutions for myself.
As I continue to study who God is, I realize that ...He has the solution for every problem or challenge I may encounter.
This week the focus is on God as Yahweh Yireh. This term was new for me as I've always seen it written as Jehovah Jireh. But it means that God will provide. He sees the beginning from the end and knows what is needed.
In Genesis 22, Abraham was tested when he was asked to sacrifice his long awaited promised son Isaac. I can only imagine what was going through his mind. I'm sure chief among them was 'why God?' and 'I don't understand'.
Ann Spangler writes that the English word 'provision' is made up of two Latin words that mean 'to see beforehand'. Yahweh Yireh sees our situation beforehand. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows exactly what we need.
When I pray to Yahweh Yireh ...He will provide for my needs.
Abraham trusted God even when he didn't understand. He was obedient to the point of binding Isaac and placing him on the altar. He even took the knife to slay him but the angel of the Lord stopped him.
As I read this encounter, all I can think of is ...yay God to the rescue!
God was testing Abraham's faith. Did he really trust God?
The most important thing to Abraham was Isaac. He had waited so long for this promised son. In his own reasoning, I learned from reading Hebrews 11: 17-19, he believed that God could raise the dead. So Abraham may have assumed that God would bring Isaac back to life. Even so, I can't imagine lifting a knife to his precious son. But Abraham was obedient and trusted God.
I think God wanted to see what was truly in Abraham's heart. Did he trust God?
Trust has been a real issue for me. My theme for this year has been to trust and obey. And I can tell you that I'm being tested. But my heart's desire is to trust and obey God. He is trustworthy and not like humans.
I recently moved from my dream home into a much smaller home. I never thought I'd leave this house. As a child, I used to dream of one day living in a beautiful home with my husband.
But God ...has provided.
I now have:
- A home that was provided for us in such a unique way (only God)
- A closer relationship with my husband
- A place to plant my very own garden
- A place that doesn't take so much time to clean
- The sound of singing birds every morning
- A view of quail, rabbits and sometimes a coyote in the backyard
- Many fruit trees that produce oranges and grapefruit
- Less stress
Returning to the story of Abraham, I read in Genesis 22 that as the angel interceded there was a ram caught in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it to the Lord instead of Isaac. In Genesis 22: 14 it says:
So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."
How I long to be found obedient like Abraham; to truly trust God as Yahweh Yireh.
For me, it keeps coming back to trust. But, I see how Yahweh Yireh has provided for me even now. And I want to walk in that total trust each and every day, even when I don't know what will happen next.
I know I'm in His very capable hands. He loves me and knows the beginning from the end.
My part is ...to trust and obey.