The LORD Will Provide [Genesis 21, 22, Matthew 11]

21:1Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised.

 21:17God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.  18"Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him." 19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.

 22:7Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" 8Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.

22:14Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it will be provided."

 

All the way through this story God made promises to His people and then He provided the means to keep those promises.  He provided a son for Sarah, water for Hagar and her son, an ally for Abram, a substitute offering for Isaac.  Abraham's faith is such an example of what happens when you believe that He is truly the LORD Will Provide (Jehovah-jireh).  He was willing to sacrifice the very thing that God had already provided, because He believed that God would provide.  Romans  tells us that Abraham believed that God could provide out of nothing and that he could raise his son from the dead in order to provide.   "For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, "A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU") in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist." (Romans 4:16-17)

 

In Matthew 11 Jesus promises and provides rest to all who will come to Him.  "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." v. 28-30.

 

God we praise You for the trustworthy way that You provide.  Enable us today to come to You with our weariness, our worries and our lives and trust You to provide for us. May we find that rest for our souls in You today. 

Verna McCrillis, 2/9/2010