04 Feb 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 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.
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.