I became obsessed with finding the perfect provider.
I expected perfection from my Internet provider. Silly me.
When we first moved to this area, we rented a 1901 farmhouse. With dial up Internet. And four years later, we bought a home in town. Where the Internet provider changed. And I suffered. I called customer service so often that I had the 800 number memorized. I knew the fastest way to speak to a human. Why? Mostly because I had about 2 days service during the first full month I’d paid for. And those 2 days were spotty at best. One technician actually gave me his personal cell number so I didn’t have to go through the scheduling process for a 4th time. But that’s a story for another day.
Thankfully, God is a faithful provider
While I still don’t rely on my Internet, I can ALWAYS rely on God. And His name Jehovah Jirah [yeh-ho-vah yir-eh] proves it. “My Provider” is the name Abraham gave God under unusual circumstances. God had promised Abe a mighty nation would come from him, and Abe had waited years to have a son. God came through and kept His word (Genesis ). Then God tested Abe. (Gen )
God told Abe to sacrifice his son. His promised son. Like kill him and offer him on an altar! And Abe left the next morning to do just that. He took everything else he would need, just not a lamb for the sacrifice.
At the last minute, with his son literally under the knife, God stopped Abe. He looked up and saw a ram caught in a thicket (Gen. 22). When I think of everything that God put into play for that tho happen:
- a thicket grows along
- the specific path that a
- ram would take
- at just the right moment
So of course, Abe dubbed God “My Provider!”
God is your provider, too
The thing about this story is that God didn’t ask Abe to do anything He wasn’t willing to do Himself. God did give His Son Jesus as a sacrifice. No ram took HIS place. He took MY place.
Prayer – using 4 Aspects of Prayer
Adore- I praise you, O Jehovah Jireh, as My Provider. You gave up Your Son for me!
Admit – I don’t always have the same faith Abraham did. I rarely hear a word from You one day, and head out early the next morning. Help me trust You more.
Ask – Show me more of the things You have provided for me. Open my eyes to the things I have taken for granted that just “showed up” the moment I needed them.
Acknowledge – We thank You, Abba, for all You have provided to us. From the mundane, like the perfect parking spot on that rainy day last week, to the Perfect Sacrifice, Your Son.