Jehovah Jireh: God will provide. He might not do it in your timing, or the way you want it to be done, but he WILL provide. Something I have discovered in my studies is that a lot of the time He waits until you put all of your trust and your fears in Him, and then He provides in a big way. His power comes through in those moments. So it is never about us, and that stomp-my-foot I needed this and God isn’t providing. It’s about if we are ready to throw ourselves completely on Him and let Him provide everything. We need to come to the point where we stop worrying and trying to make everything happen and TRUST and that is when He provides. Philippians 4:19-20 says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever.”
God will supply ALL your needs. ALL of them. And he supplies in accordance with His riches. That’s an amazing promise. The fact in and of itself that God will supply ALL of your needs- all encompassing, from needing clothes or clean air to breathe, to something that seems a little less taken for granted like a text message or funny joke when you need it- that’s amazing! Then He promises to supply your needs in accordance with His riches in glory in His son- which doesn’t mean He supplies everything when you want it. He isn’t the genie-Jesus. It means when your ways become His ways—in accordance with His riches—then He provides. And God is “rich.” Not necessarily “rich” in human standards- lots of possessions- but He created the whole world, and most importantly, you. He has all that majestic power and what does He care about most? Providing for you- giving you everything He can. Even so, He isn’t Santa Clause and doesn’t give you everything you ask for just because you ask. His provision is in the small things, because first, before just handing you everything, He wants you to trust Him completely—without borders.
There are so many examples in the Bible of God providing for His people: the Israelites in the desert, when God provided quail, water, and manna, Elijah in the desert when he provided the raven to bring him food, in Egypt when God provided a way out for His people, Joseph, Paul and Silas when they were put in jail, and countless others.
The Israelites: God provided for them to be saved from Egypt, and then provides for them in the desert, amongst their complaints. He tells Moses that He will “rain bread from heaven” and “the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion everyday.” But what God says next is one of the crucial parts about His provision “…that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.” (Exodus 16:4) God waits to provide for you fully until He knows that you will walk in His instruction. Then, and only then, after you have proven you will continue to walk with Him after given your heart’s desire, will He provide for you as much as He can—as much as you trust Him. So don’t wait! Don’t sit around and mope because you don’t have something you need or want! Give everything over to God right away and there is no doubt that He will provide for you everything that you need! I have noticed that in my life. If I am living in a way that is not completely given over to God, I feel stuck and like nothing is really working out. But when I feel close to the Lord, everything seems to fall into place. God doesn’t provide because He doesn’t want to—it doesn’t look like He provides because we don’t trust Him to! Francis Chan put it this way- place everything in JOYFUL trust in the Lord. Joyful trust means that you don’t begrudgingly trust God, but that everything about trusting Him gives you joy.
The best example for Jehovah-Jireh, as the One who provides once we trust him completely, is Joseph. He was put in a lot of tough situations, and yet he trusted God. Because of this, God provided immensely for him and he became a very successful man. Joseph simply trusts in the provision and plan of God, and so should we. We can learn a lot from Joseph: in the midst of life’s storms, if we just trust the Lord that He is providing for us and trusting that what He has in mind is the best for us, we will be greatly blessed.
I want to leave you with this verse from 1 Corinthians 10:13; “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
The temptation Paul talks about could mean something simple as not trusting in God’s plan. For me, that could mean I am trying too hard to plan everything out perfectly instead of just stepping out in faith and trusting God to catch me. But He has given you nothing you cannot overcome. He wants you to lean on Him because then your burden becomes His. He will provide.
You are never alone. God knows you better than anyone- even better than you know yourself. He will always provide for you. Take the strength He provides to you to endure the temptations of life and simply trust.
I want to end with questions to give us something to think about, that I find myself asking quite frequently: What do I need to surrender? How do I need to change or change what I am doing to be able to see my Lord’s will? What should I change about the way I trust God to see His provision and allow Him to provide instead of trying to do everything myself?