Monday, March 29, 2010

The LORD Will Provide ~Yahweh Yireh



I continue to study Ann Spangler's book "Praying the Names of God" and link up with Jill of Forever N Ever N Always. What a timely study this has been for me.

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)
  • Furniture
  • 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.

Blessings and love,



17 comments:

  1. AMEN and so beautifully said Debbie!

    When we trust in the provision of God and NOT despise it there we will be content - and true joy will be found.

    I'm going to be posting Scott's teaching on John 6 - I know you will be blessed.

    I'm walking in deep trust and obedience with you!

    Love and hugs,
    Jill

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  2. Debbie, I dislike these tests of faith so much, but indeed, our faith and trust pleases God. Heard you and Sassy may drive up north in April. I would love that and I trust in Gods's plan for us. How's that, sweet friend?

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  3. This is a great study this week, isn't it. As I mother our children...I especially want to remember that He will provide what I need...

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  4. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful reminder that God is the ONLY one whom we can truly trust. God always provides His truth for us doesn't He? I will have to look at this book. I teach a Ladies Bible study on Wed. nights and will finish up what I am doing in May. Looking for something on the light side for my ladies for summer. Thanks for sharing. Be blessed. Cindy

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  5. Thanks for your sweet comment today, friend!

    God will provide...thanks for that reminder today. Good stuff!

    I LOVE the picture you posted - of the hands holding - so sweet and powerful. Thanks for posting it!

    You are a blessing to me, too!

    Have a great day!

    Love and Hugs,
    Kate :)

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  6. Debbie:

    Truly... this was beautiful!I have listened and observed the tests in your own life these days, and I am seeing your faithfulness! It is blessing me Debbie, and many others as well, and especially, I KNOW it is pleasing to God!

    I had to smile at this... less house to clean is not all bad!!

    Love you sister, you're making me proud to be called 'friend'! Keep on going... trusting and obeying!!

    Sonja

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  7. This was a great post (as always) I am soo enjoying hearing about all you are learning as you go through this study. It has been so good. I can soo relate on the house issue Deb. Our house is on the market right now and I have NO IDEA where we may end up. We have lived here for 25 years. We raised our family in this home. We brought Melody home from the hospital to this house. Soo many memories. And yet, I am strangely calm. I have no idea where we will be, but I do know it is all in God's hands and there is even a small part of me that is excited to see His plan. I guess as long as I have a home we can all gather in to celebrate and be together I am OK with it. I won't lie...sometimes fear does enter in and I find myself thinking very negative things. We will rent for a while and it has been a LONG LONG time since we have. But I do recognize that these thoughts are from the enemy, and have no place in my head. I am happy for you that it is behind you now and you are settling into your new home. I btw, DEFINITELY want a smaller house. Keeping up a big one is really just such a huge chore anymore and I am just not feeling it, haha. And I will say the thought of packing up this big house and 25 years of junk is a little overwhelming...sigh...but here's where the big family comes in, haha. Have a wonderful week Deb. Hugs, Debbie

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  8. Sweetie,

    I loved it when you said, "but GOD has provided". Indeed He has and always does. We only need to "trust and obey". Easy to do? Not always. Doable? Yes but truly through a daily laying down our will for His and trusting by faith that He knows what's best.

    Your message was powerfully and beautifully written. I just left Jill's post which was also full and a blessing indeed!

    Love you.

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  9. Loved this, Debbie...as I mentioned on Peggy's post for Yahweh Yireh...I love the phrase.."'to see beforehand'"...this really puts God's provision into perspective for me...thank you for this encouraging and inspiring post!

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  10. Debbie,

    I'm just going to have to get a copy of that book for myself. It sounds wonderful. You might be interested in reading how God provided a new computer for this lovely lady http://tomatosoupcake.blogspot.com/.

    I am thankful God is showing Himself might to you.

    Love,
    Patricia

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  11. So beautifully expressed, Debbie, thank you so much for sharing this.

    It's in making each of us better people that we are obedient and trust (and persevere)...this last Sunday we read how Jesus, while praying before being arrested, asked God to spare him from what was to come, praying so fervently that he sweat drops of blood. We know what happened next, Jesus asking that God's will be done, not his. How truly human Jesus was! God's wisdom exceeds all others and to trust and obey is to follow the example Jesus set during his most difficult time while on Earth.

    God bless,
    Love, Amy F.

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  12. I have been meaning to thank you for this study, first, because I own the book but hadn't read it yet and now I am, and second, I so appreciate how you are willing to be open and share your own personal walk of trusting and obeying God.

    It gives me such comfort to know that God provides for all I need, for He sees what I need before I do and He is faithful, always.

    Blessings to you,
    Laurie

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  13. AMEN sweet friend. Hang on to who God is, HE IS and will never change, no matter what it may look like, HE WILL NEVER CHANGE!

    And I love the picture of you going down the slide, simply made my heart sing.

    Hugs to you (big ones),
    Sara

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  14. Oh, I see myself in you. I think I tend to solve problems just like you! What a great book. I love the names of God. It is so powerful when you listen what they means and really understand more deeply who he is.

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  15. Debbie, I have really been enjoying your names of God study. Yahweh Yireh is a special one to me, too. He always provides. It sounds like he has provided you with a wonderful new home, and that you are seeking his blessings there.

    May you have a blessed Easter.

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