Key Verse: “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. Genesis 22:8
God is known by a variety of titles in both the Old and New Testaments, but perhaps one of the most familiar is the Hebrew name ‘Jehovah Jireh’, or ‘God will provide’. This name first appears in the Book of Genesis chapter 22 when Abraham in obedience went to offer Isaac on Mount Moriah but God instead provided a ram. In this, God was also giving us a picture of how one day God would offer his own son for the sins of mankind, providing atonement for sin and entrance into an eternal kingdom.
There’s no doubt that Jesus is the best provision mankind has ever experienced from our loving God. However, there are many other things that the Lord provides for us each and every day. We have sun and rain without which life could not exist. He gives us food and drink. He answers our prayers and gives us grace for each day. He gives us spiritual gifts. He knows what we need before we even ask for it, and always find a way to provide.
Let’s not forget how he fed millions of people in the wilderness for forty years when they had escaped from Egypt. Every morning manna, or bread from heaven, was found upon the ground to collect and every evening flocks of quails surrounded the camp to provide them with meat. He even brought forth water from a rock to allow millions of people and herds to drink. Nothing ‘s too great a task for God.
The Psalms declare his glorious provisions to all creation. Psalm 104 speaks of God prevision and says in verses 10 -11 ‘You make springs pour water into the ravines, so streams gush down from the mountains. They provide water for all the animals, and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.’ All this goodness and kindness is provided free of charge to all creation out of love. Jesus sums up his Father’s marvellous provision for his children in Matthew 6:26 saying “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?’ God is our great provider.