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The LORD will provide – Genesis 22:14

Stan Toler’s book title resonates with believers: God has never failed me, but He’s sure scared me to death a few times. Abraham surely thought as much when God ordered him:

“Take your son, your only son whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you” (Gen. 22:2, NRSV).

When Isaac asked his father where the sacrifice was, Abraham answered: “The LORD will provide” (v. 14). Traditionally, this is rendered as Jehovah Jireh. Before Abraham could bring down the knife upon his trusting son, the angel of the LORD called to him: “Do not lay your hand on the boy” (v. 12).  Caught in the thicket was a ram. Jehovah Jireh — the LORD provided.

Jesus, growing up as a boy in Nazareth, no doubt had many times heard the story of Abraham, Isaac and the ram.  The LORD who provides figures prominently in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  God clothes the lilies of the field. Will God not clothe us? Jehovah Jireh – the LORD will provide.

This faith in our provider God must not result in laziness. We are still to be as industrious as ants (Proverbs 6:6). Yet at the end of the day, when we have done all that we can, we rest in the deep, abiding, providing love of God.


Reflection is based on Scripture for Day 22, Cambridge Daily Reading Bible, 1995


How has God proven to be your provider? Share a story by replying to this post.


Greg is interested in many topics, including theology, philosophy, and science.

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