JIREH(THE PROVIDENTIAL GOD)
“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.”Hebrews11:17-19 NIV
The whole story of Abraham and Isaac was a parable of true context of the provision of God in salvation. Even before we realize the need of salvation ,God already made a provision .
Right after the fall of man ,God did not wait for man to call out to Him for salvation ,He said the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent,that is Jireh at work.
The moment we realize our need for salvation ,we also realized that salvation has been made available.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV
Abraham and Isaac example is the closest to the true story of the provision of salvation .There are similarities in their stories .
Christ and Issac both had miraculous birth ,Christ was born of a virgin while Isaac was born of a ninety year old woman .Isaac was promised years before his birth ,Christ was promised years before His birth.They were both named before birth.They were both beloved son.Their journeys were both three days .
The true context of Jireh is salvation but can we also associate Jireh to our immediate needs.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”-Romans 8:32 NIV
One of the joys of being a father is the pleasure to be able to provide for His family. It is a joy to see his children healthy ,happy ,well clothed and providing all of these without them asking.
So God delights in being our provider ,He is a good father who delights in His children and their happiness.
God sees our needs and with divine foresight of love prepares the supply .
If in salvation ,we see the Providence of God,how much more of the smaller aspect of our lives.
From a practical point,Abraham did not know that the whole journey and process was a parable, He heeded to God’s instruction.
Abraham had already declared the truth when as yet he knew nothing of the divine action,when he could not even guess how his extraordinary trial would end.
“But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”-Genesis21:12
Abraham knew that the first word God gave him can never fail because His word will not fall to the ground.If God gave a word, even if it dies,it will rise again.
Jireh was proven in unfavorable circumstances.When it is rough,tough and does not look like it and you keep staying in the word knowing that God is faithful to His word.
“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.””-Genesis 22:14 NIV
Abraham did not call God Jehovah Jireh,he named the place Jehovah Jireh .So we have to come to the place ,it is a mentality.
As believers,we need to come to a point of conviction in our journey of faith that we never doubt the power of God even in any unfavorable circumstance,we know that God works in every situation for the good of them that love Him.
We need to come to that place that God can be trusted over our future because God is providential ,something that was meant to destroy you can turn out for your good.The best example of this is the story of Joseph the dreamer.
FUTHER READING:Romans 8:38-39,Genesis 21:12,Mark 8:14-21.
CONFESSION:I declare that I totally depend on God’s provision upon my life .I know that all things are working in my own good.