My Fitness

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

jehovah-jireh

When putting my kids to bed we often turn on Jesus Storybook Bible DVD. Last night the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac caught my attention. So I jotted some thoughts down.

This is the first time the name Jehovah-Jireh was used. Jehovah-Jireh translates to either "The Lord will see to it" or "The Lord provides". You can see it as either God made a promise to Abraham and the Lord saw the promise through or God provided a solution to his promise.

A page from the book.
We Christians often think of God as out Provider. And he is. And it is good to think of him that way.

Thinking about this first time the name was used it seems to carry much more weight than "God will supply all my needs according to his riches and glory." Yes, that, but more too. Abraham just had his faith tested in a rather intense way. God had promised this old man of 99 years old that his wife at 90 years old would give birth and be the father of many (And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”-Genesis 17:15-16). But then he's asked to sacrifice that boy that was miraculously conceived.

God made a promise. God gave a command. Abraham had great faith. Abraham was obedient to sacrifice. Abraham believed that God would still keep his promise despite offering his son as a sacrifice.

In Hebrews recall that Abraham thought that after killing Isaac God would raise him back to life. (By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.-Hebrews 11:17-19)

But the only way Abraham could possibly test this power was to have faith and obey. God does provide our daily needs, but also he requires great devotion and provides miraculous intervention when we obey. If we don't have great obedience possibly we won't see miraculous provision. Felipe and I have seen this stand true in our own lives.

What is standing between you and God's promises to you? Would you consider a deeper commitment with greater obedience? A sacrificial obedience? Would you consider taking up your cross daily to follow him - taking up what feels like a death of you and your dreams to follow him every day?

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