YHWH-Yireh (The Lord Will Provide) appears early in Scripture. In a powerful moment, Abraham is once again asked to go somewhere. We first met Abraham as God asked him to gather up his family and belongings and go to the place He would tell him to go. Abraham, flawed and imperfect as any of us, was a person whose life God chose to build a nation from. Why? Well, it seems God likes it when we demonstrate prompt obedience. God spoke and he obeyed. It earned him a mention in Faith’s Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11.
Here’s a question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis: If God asks me, will I ____________ ? You fill in the blank. If God asks me, will I uproot all that I find stability in and go where He leads, though unknown? If God asks me, will I put aside that habit that hinders my walk with Him? If God asks me, will I surrender my will to His? If God asks me, will I obey without hesitation?
Abraham had one son. Isaac was the long-promised beginning of descendants as numerous as the sands of the seas, born to a mother and father long past prime parenting years. Now, if this were me and God asked me to take my one and only son on a three-day journey and sacrifice him at the top of a mountain, I’d be saying something more like, “Wait. What?” Not Abraham. We’re told early the next morning, he hitched up the family donkey and set off, Isaac in tow.
Here’s the thing we can’t shake loose from: Yes, you can obey God; you should obey God. But do you love to obey God? There’s the difference that catches God’s attention. Will you have a life marked by prompt, joyful obedience? A life that makes you eligible for Faith’s Hall of Fame? Just remember, He’s your Jehovah-Jireh, too. He will provide.
And just what was it God provided for Abraham in that moment? Help for hopelessness. Life for death. This is what our Jehovah-Jireh brings to each of us. At just the right moment, maybe when you think there’s no way out of a circumstance … God will always give you your own “ram caught in a thicket.” One of my favorite definitions of faith is trusting in God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Wait for the ram, friends.
What might God be calling you to let go of so He can deliver real life into your hands?