The first time God reveals Himself as Jehovah-Jireh, The LORD Who Provides, is Genesis 22.
Abraham and Sarah have received their son of promise. But God tests Abraham.asking him to sacrifice Isaac.
Abraham obeys in faith, trusting God even in this request that seems to undo every promise the LORD had previously made to him.
How would he be the father of many nations if his only son was taken from him?
As they were going, Isaac noticed something unusual, “See here is the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for the burnt sacrifice?” (Genesis 22:7)
To which Abraham replied, “My son, God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering.” (Genesis 2:8)
Jehovah-Jireh, the LORD My Provider was his answer.
He couldn’t see the provision, there were no loud bleats in the distance, but Abraham knew the character of the God he served and he trusted that what he needed God would provide.
And God did provide.
Isaac, bound on the altar, Abraham’s (trembling?) hand raised, the Angel of the Lord calls to Abraham:
“Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide” Genesis 22:12-14
I wasn’t asked to give up my son.
There was no miraculous intervention on that day.
No angel stayed the hand of circumstance that slew my child.
But I do believe that even in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, the LORD is My Provider.
He provided His own Son, Who conquered sin and death and Who made a way through the Holy of Holies for my child to enter eternity straight into the arms of Jesus.
I don’t have to fear that when Dominic left us, he was left alone.
I don’t have to worry that our seperation is forever.
I don’t have to wonder if he was “good enough” to get into heaven.
I can trust in the character of my God, The LORD My Provider, that He has made full and adequate provision for me and for all those who trust in Him through Jesus to be redeemed and restored.
And He has provided friends and family and online communities and His Word to bring me comfort in the waiting.
He fills my heart with hope when my soul is weary.
He grants peace when I am overcome with anxious thoughts.
He pours grace and mercy and love into the empty places so that being filled, I can overflow.
There are days when I wonder, days when I am afraid. When those days come, I run to the tower of the Name of the LORD. I remember that He is The LORD My Provider.
He has provided. He does provide. He will provide. He IS His Name.
When struck by fear, I let go, depending securely upon You alone. Psalm 56:3 VOICE