Day 6

Day 6

Yahweh-Yireh – The LORD will provide

WRITTEN BY: Deneen Mosley

Scripture: Genesis 22:13-14 NLT“Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the LORD will provide”). To this day people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

For more about Abraham’s experience, read the full story in Genesis 22.

Observation: In the beginning of Genesis 22, we read that God tested Abraham’s faith by telling him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, on a mountain that God would show him. Abraham got up early the next morning and headed out to the place God told him about, prepared with the items needed to sacrifice the burnt offering. The journey took three days and when they arrived, Abraham told the servants who traveled with him to remain at a certain place while just he and Isaac traveled further. Abraham said, We will worship there, and then we will come right back.Abraham’s family was accustomed to worship and sacrifice so when his son, Isaac did not see the sheep that was normally used, he asked, “We have the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son.”

Application: Have you ever felt that what God was requiring of you was too much of a challenge? Did you struggle to respond in obedience? Abraham demonstrated his faith in God by responding in immediate obedience and his confession was consistent with what he believed. He repeatedly said what he expected God to provide. When Abraham operated in faith, God honored his faith and provided exactly what he needed. 

Hebrews 11:17-19 NLT reads, “It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, ‘Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.’ Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.” When God requires us to operate in faith, we may not always understand but our faith cannot be based on our feelings. Our faith must be governed by our obedience.

God provided the ram for the sacrifice for Abraham, and he provided the final atonement sacrifice for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God, Yahweh, is established and built upon faith that Jesus is the Son of God and was sacrificed to take away the sins of the world. God’s motivation to redeem the world from sin is love and compassion. John 3:16 NLT reads, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” God’s provision for our lives allows us to experience a daily portion of whatever we need. That provision is not limited to tangible things. God becomes whatever we need so that we can believe. Just like when Jesus appeared to the disciple Thomas and told him to touch his hands & side so he could have his own experience and believe! That includes peace, healing, encouragement, strength, salvation…whatever we need…Yahweh-Yireh will provide!

At The Journey, we encourage everyone to develop a Slot & Spot which is a daily habit of spending time in prayer with God and reading his Word. During this time, we can share our needs and desires with God and ask him for guidance, strength, or direction for our lives. We can worship God and grow our faith so we can be patient and remain steadfast, while waiting on the provision we need. When God does provide, let us be thankful and share our testimony to encourage others. Abraham did that by naming the place on Mount Moriah as Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the LORD will provide”). To this day people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” Where do you need Yahweh-Yireh to show up in your life today? What are you believing Yahweh-Yireh for? Are you ready to accept his only son, Jesus Christ as your personal savior? Nothing is too hard for Yahweh-Yireh! He will provide!

Prayer: Father, I thank you for being my provider and loving me so much that you actually sacrificed your only Son, Jesus Christ, for my sins and raised him back to life so that all who believe in him can be saved. I ask that you continue to help me grow my faith by trusting you and your Word to guide my life and my choices. I pray for strength and patience to wait on your provision for my life and the timing that you choose to execute that provision. Help me to be steadfast and unmovable in my commitment to you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Deneen Mosley/J-Teamer

Deneen has been attending The Journey for over five years and loves the richness of the Word, the diversity of the fellowship, and the heart of service that is experienced at this ministry. She appreciates the commitment to LOVE WEEK and how The Journey delivers Baptism. These expressions made the most impact on her decision to join five years ago. Deneen has participated in writing the devotional for the past year and enjoys this expression of service that helps people reflect on God and his Word.

Next Steps:

Offer Yahweh-Yireh a prayer of thanksgiving for all he has done and trust him for ongoing provision:

  • If you need salvation, pray using the promise of Romans 10:9-10 NLT “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
  • If you need food, financial assistance, clothing, etc. Code Red at The Journey can assist with those needs.
  • If you need prayer, fill out a Connect Card.

Continue to read this devotional daily and develop a consistent Slot & Spot.

Connect deeper at The Journey by attending a gathering and/or joining a J-Group!

  • Katie Valetutti
    Posted at 07:20h, 04 February Reply

    Deneen, thank you for your devotional and these questions: ‘Where do you need Yahweh-Yireh to show up in your life today? What are you believing Yahweh-Yireh for?’ Reflecting on these answers rooted me in my Slot and Spot this morning.❤️

    • Deneen Mosley
      Posted at 23:13h, 04 February Reply

      Glad to hear this Katie. I have been enjoying the devotional each day so far and it does help me focus & put things in perspective

  • Daniel McGavisk
    Posted at 07:39h, 04 February Reply

    What a great way to remember that God is always going to provide for us. this story reminds us that we will often have to take the first steps of obedience even when it seems crazy! Thank you for your devotional, Deneen!

    • Deneen Mosley
      Posted at 23:15h, 04 February Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement Daniel. Yes….obedience does open the door!!!

  • Wendi Rader
    Posted at 09:30h, 04 February Reply

    Beautiful devotional and a wonderful reminder. “ When God requires us to operate in faith, we may not always understand but our faith cannot be based on our feelings. Our faith must be governed by our obedience.”

    • Deneen Mosley
      Posted at 23:17h, 04 February Reply

      Absolutely Wendi!!! Not always easy to do but God definitely honors our faith & obedience. 💯

  • Alfred R Ceaser
    Posted at 09:33h, 04 February Reply

    God bless you Deneen. The Lord who provides will take care of all of our needs.

    • Deneen Mosley
      Posted at 23:18h, 04 February Reply

      AMEN Alfred!!!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

  • Leeia Ferguson
    Posted at 10:31h, 04 February Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder that God does provide. We need to trust him despite what is going on around us and in our lives. He always comes through for us.

    • Deneen Mosley
      Posted at 23:21h, 04 February Reply

      Leeia, I can truly say that when I have trusted God at times of uncertainty or when it seemed too hard to do….my relationship with God grew deeper…not just because He provided what I needed…but also because He revealed Himself to be truthful, faithful, living, and an Excellent Father.

  • Judith Joinville
    Posted at 11:05h, 04 February Reply

    Thank you Dennen for reminding us that we have a Yahweh -Yireh who always there to provide for us.

    • Deneen Mosley
      Posted at 23:23h, 04 February Reply

      ALWAYS!!!!! Even when it doesn’t feel like it!!! I am often reminded of this statement I read a long time ago but don’t recall it’s origin….. The Teacher is always quiet during the test!!! 💯

  • Tamika E. Haynes DrBA
    Posted at 09:19h, 05 February Reply

    Bless those who bless you. Thank you for your obedience in writing this devotion. May God continue to bless others through your gift of expression and written words. May He meet your needs according to His riches in glory for your acts of obedience.

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