Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide
As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.
It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.
Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide.
Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide. Now this is the God with whom I am intimately familiar. How about you?
Again and again, there are times where it may seem to never be enough. Perhaps your area of not enough is in your finances. You see nothing but bills in view. Another area might be with your level of strength. You give and give and give and pour out to so many others in your life that there is never enough for yourself. Your time gets away from you and your patience is insufficient.
God sees every one of our needs, those we openly share and talk about with friends and loved ones, as well as, those needs we try to hide or prefer not to share with others. God, Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide, supplies what we need in forethought to our problems or concerns, and will, in His sovereignty, bring those resolutions to light. When there appears to be no solution to be found, Yahweh Yireh is on the scene.
As our provider, there have been times when God has showed up for us when there was no other way out or through. Without his provision, situations could have potentially caved in around us.
I don’t know about you, but it is my desire to aspire to never forget the past ways that my provider, Yahweh Yireh, has made for me. He has shown to be a God who is faithful and even in a worse case scenario, His proven track record gives me comfort and peace.
Let’s take a look at Abraham and how the Lord provided for him.
In Genesis chapter 12, we read about how Abraham was called by God. God told Abraham to leave his native country, his relatives, and his father’s family, and go to the land that He would show him. God’s promise to Abraham was to make him into a great nation. God declared that Abraham would be blessed.
As we move forward to Genesis chapter 15, through a vision, God spoke to Abraham and told him not to be afraid. God would protect him and his reward would be great. Though God promised to make Abraham into a great nation, God had yet to give Abraham any descendants of his own. Abraham began trying to come up with a solution that he was responsible for. Abraham rationalized that one of his servants would be his heir. But Yahweh Yireh, The Lord Will Provide, had other plans.
5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”GENESIS 15:5-6 NLT
6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
It’s very important that we see here that Abraham (then known as Abram) believed the Lord. The things that God wants to provide to us, those things that go beyond our normal needs, are things in which we must believe, in order to receive.
Without belief, those shut doors cannot be opened.
God made a promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son, together, that would be their blood heir through which many descendants would follow. This disclosure of the promise was only the beginning, as this would ultimately lead to Jesus Christ, our High Priest. He provides a way that now allows us to go to God, the Father, for ourselves through Him.
In my post, El Roi: The God Who Sees Me, I wrote about Hagar and how Abraham and Sarah took it upon themselves to try to fulfill the promise that God had made to them by using Hagar as a surrogate for their promised heir. At that time, they did not totally trust in Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide. Instead, they had doubt in their hearts and thought it was best to take matters into their own hands and “Help God” fulfill His plan.
Now how crazy does that sound? Help God?
Nevertheless, how many times have we tried to help God. However, all we did was make a mess of things, and on top of that, we did not even move forward in the original plan that God had for us. The end result of our interference in God’s way is frustration and exhaustion at trying to do what only God can do. It causes some setbacks and delays; but don’t you know? God’s plan cannot be stopped.
Some time later, the Lord appeared to Abraham again. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. When he looked up, he noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them,
9 “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked. “She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.GENESIS 18:9-14 NLT
10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. 11 Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. 12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” 13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Wow! Such a thought provoking question. Is anything too hard for the Lord in your current dilemma? However you answer that, let me just say, not so! God can do the impossible, but we must believe that Yahweh Yireh will provide.
God miraculously gave Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac, and fulfilled His promise.
Now, let’s take a further look at what happened when Abraham was tested.
1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.GENESIS 22:1-2 NLT
“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”
2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
Along this pathway of righteousness, God often presents us with tests. Has God ever asked you to make any sacrifices in your life, ones that really hit you in the core of your existence? It possibly made you uncomfortable or even perhaps it cast a bit of doubt in your mind regarding whether or not God actually knows what He is doing. As Abraham did, we should vow to demonstrate obedience when God speaks and move forward in faith believing that God has a good plan and He is in control.
Demonstration of Obedience
3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”GENESIS 22:3-5 NLT
Do you see that? Early the next morning, Abraham demonstrated immediate obedience. He didn’t pray about it or ask anyone else’s opinion about what God said. He just proceeded according to God’s Word. If you remember, Abraham believed God a long time ago. He simply continued to move forward holding on to what he knew to be true.
Abraham Speaks Faith
God’s Word goes on to say that Abraham affirmed that “WE” will come right back. Abraham spoke from a place of faith. Abraham trusted and believed in Yahweh Yireh, The Lord Will Provide. God had promised him a son in his old age and He came through. This son was promised to be an heir upon which God was going to make Abraham into a great nation. So, Abraham had to hold on to his faith that God, in his providential will, was still intersecting and connecting things together for his good and ultimately for the fulfillment of God’s greater purpose. This was the lineage in which Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, our Messiah, would come.
In reading further in Genesis chapter 22, we can see that Abraham did as God directed him. He took the wood for the burnt offering, along with Isaac, and began to prepare the intended sacrifice.
7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”GENESIS 22:7-8 NLT
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”GENESIS 22:10-12 NLT
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
What did Abraham’s obedience to God reveal? It showed that Abraham feared God. This is an example of how we are to fear the Lord. We are to be willing to give up everything for Him and He, Yahweh Yireh, will provide everything that we need.
If this same scenario had been requested of me, I undoubtedly would have struggled with obedience to God. I mean, I’m simply being honest with myself and with you. Abraham is one of our examples that we can turn to as a representation of great faith and obedience to God.
God tested Abraham and He, also, will test us. I believe that He does so to see if we can be trusted to handle and successfully carryout the purposes that He has for us.
Are we willing to give up all so that He can show us the way in which we should take?
Ask God to give you the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to pass the test. He is Your provider and deserves your daily obedience to Him.
13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”GENESIS 22:13-14 NLT
Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide!
Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide, I would like to try to put into words my gratitude for the provisions that You have already made. You gave me life and not just life, but that more abundantly. You provided me with a way of hope. You never cease to make sure that I have everything that I need, and because of Your everlasting love for me, You even make provision for some of the things that I want. My heart never has to be troubled, I need only trust in You, my God, my heavenly father and in Your dear Son, my redeemer who yet lives. Thank You for Your great power that is reflected in the life that I live. All is for Your glory. The honor and the praises all day, they belong to You.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”
John 14:1 NLT
In Jesus’ name! Amen!
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MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE NAMES OF GOD
- Elohim: God, Mighty Creator
- El Roi: The God Who Sees Me
- El Shaddai: God Almighty
- Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide
- Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals
- Yahweh Shalom: The Lord is Peace
- Yahweh Roi: The Lord is My Shepherd
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Psalm 89:1 NLT
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