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1 Samuel 10, 11, 12; Luke 13:22-34

Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites was taken by lot; and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found. So they inquired again of the Lord, “Is there a man still to come?” and the Lord said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” Then they ran and took him from there. And when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 1 Samuel 10:20-23

I think that God shows me small pieces of His plans for me because seeing the ‘Big Picture’ would be too overwhelming. Little glimpses are all I can handle, tiny leaps of faith, one step at a time. If I look too far ahead, I get scared thinking about the enormity of the task set before me.

I think that is what Saul was going through…he was just anointed king of Israel by Samuel. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him and he began prophesying with a group of prophets. God gave him a new heart and he’s become a different man. The people are talking behind his back, wondering what has happened to him, questioning the changes. And then before the whole of Israel, tribe by tribe, family by family, man by man God reveals His chosen as Saul.

Saul hid himself from the people; and he tried to hide from God. He hid from the job for which he’d been anointed and the pressures that would come from being the leader. It didn’t matter that God hand picked him. It didn’t matter that he was a big man. It didn’t matter that he had talents and skills. He was scared at the undertaking he’d been given.

So often I am anxious about my calling and what it entails. Am I good enough? Do I have the skills that are needed? Do I have the courage, the strength, the resources? Am I really the best person for the job?

And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. 1 Samuel 12:20-22

God’s Word shares many times over that the Lord will never leave me nor forsake me, because He has chosen me. He has chosen me to be His, chosen me to serve Him. God chose me, and I suppose that does mean I am the right person for the assignment. He will supply my needs and provide resources. He will teach me the skills and give me the talents. He will give me courage. He will strengthen me.

He does not call the equipped; He equips the called.

I need not be afraid; I need not hide. I only need to follow Him and serve Him with my whole heart. I need to trust in His power, in His faithfulness, and in His goodness. I need to focus on His face, on what He has accomplished and not look to the right or to the left at things that distract me and make me susceptible to attacks from the enemy.

Yesappa, help me rise above the fear and keep my eyes on You through the journey of my life. Equip me and strengthen me, give me Your grace for every task You have for me. Help me never hide my light beneath a bushel. Thank You for shining through me for Your name’s sake. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Blessings – Julie (writing from Sholavandan)

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Deuteronomy 8; Psalms 91; Isaiah 36; Revelation 6

The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save.

I will protect those who know me.

They will call to me, and I will answer them.

I will be with them in trouble;

I will rescue them and honor them.

I will give them a long, full life,

and they will see how I can save.” Psalms 91:14-16 (NCV)

On Friday evening, I got three pieces of bad news regarding our upcoming return to the mission field, two of them about finances. No one deals well with bad news, myself included, and I felt like I had been punched repeatedly in the gut.

I have been living by faith for a number of years now, and for the most part I fully trust – body, mind, and spirit – in God’s provision. And then, out of the blue, I need a significant amount of money to pay more for something I wasn’t expecting. A hiccup in my faith. A glitch in my matrix.

It’s scary. My heart knows that my Heavenly Father is Jehovah Jireh, my Provider; but I’ll be completely honest in saying that my head, in that moment, chose to hear the taunting of the enemy.

[The commander of the Assyrian army said,] “Don’t listen to Hezekiah. The king of Assyria says, ‘Make peace with me, and come out of the city to me. Then everyone will be free to eat the fruit from his own grapevine and fig tree and to drink water from his own well. After that I will come and take you to a land like your own—a land with grain and new wine, bread and vineyards’…[But,] the people were silent. They didn’t answer the commander at all, because King Hezekiah had ordered, “Don’t answer him.” Isaiah 36:16-17; 21 (NCV)

In the midst of my turmoil, my dad came into the kitchen to inform me he was taking the family out to dinner, but that the deal was I had to ignore the enemy and get my joy back. That, and a Bleu Ribbon Burger with bottomless fries, helped me relax and gain perspective. And then, praying over the phone with my husband later in the night helped me get my focus back on God rather than my circumstances.

You might say to yourself, “I am rich because of my own power and strength,” but remember the Lord your God! It is he who gives you the power to become rich, keeping the agreement he promised to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (NCV)

Fast forward to Sunday…

First Sunday of the month is community Sunday at our home church in Maryland. It is a time of fellowship over pot luck breakfast, extra time for worship, and a special time for testimonies and prayer.

A friend who lost her job a few months ago gave a testimony of how God has been providing for her in the most amazing ways. She was asked to stand with the ministry team and pray for anyone who needs provision.

Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity. She and another dear friend prayed over me and the various situations that need provision in my life right now. They prayed abundance and speed in that provision. They prayed that God would provide in ways that were unmistakably Him.

While getting ready to go home, I took out my phone and saw a message: “{A friend} sent you $ through PayPal-20 minutes ago.” God provided for my needs 10 minutes before these friends prayed that ‘provision was already on the way.’ He answered their prayers and the prayers of many other family and friends.

I was floored.

I know that God provides. He has provided for me in little ways and in big ways as I have been walking in faith for provision, and of course, even before I really had faith in Him at all. Recently, I have felt so disconnected because of the craziness of life that demands attention so much that special time with God is made up of little tiny hugs and kisses rather than long, quality ‘date nights’. I have been feeling very discouraged.

A simple act of obedience and of care, reminded me once again how much our Heavenly Father loves me no matter what with an everlasting, unshakeable, immovable love.

I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection.

You are my God and I trust you.” Psalm 91:2 (NCV)

Blessings of Abundant Provision! – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Genesis 1; Matthew 1; Ezra 1; Acts 1

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image and likeness…So God created human beings in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. Genesis 1:26-27 NCV

A beautiful love story.

God created me. Created me in His own image and likeness. The pattern He used was flawless and never duplicated. He knows every part of me. I was called good.

And yet, even in the freedom that was given, that perfection was whisked away and I fell. I welcomed drama into His perfect world and our love crumbled. Our connection was severed. He was forced to turn His back to me; yet only for a moment.

He had a plan…

The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20b-21

His name is Jesus. Fully God, yet fully man, come to earth, born of a virgin. His purpose: to redeem and reestablish. His goal: to love. The end and the beginning on a cross at Calvary. Christ paid my debts in death and life. His blood covered me, my faults, my sins, from head to toe. An exquisite, red dress that I continue to wear exposed the sacrifice made to save me. I turned and twirl back into His caring arms. I surrendered to His grace and mercy, my will melding into His. Restoration.

May God be with all of you who are his people. Ezra 1:3a NCV

We are together forever. He in me and I in Him. Our relationship renewed. Jehovah Jireh, my provider. Jehovah Rapha, my healer. Jehovah Raah, my shepherd. He is my sanctification and my righteousness.

Jesus said to them, “The Father is the only One who has the authority to decide dates and times. These things are not for you to know. But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.” Acts 1:7-8 NCV

I am waiting only for the marriage feast, the reception to celebrate our eternity together. A time, drawing closer and closer, to when we will be able to walk together once more in the cool of the day. And until that time, I will roam the world telling the mysteries of His everlasting love for me.

And so, one year ends and another begins. A reminder of my new birth, my new creation. A reminder of happily ever after.

 

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)

 

Happy New Year!

May 2013 be a year of blessing and abundance in your life!

 

 

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Gen. 22, Matt. 21, Neh. 11, Acts 21

Scripture – God tested Abraham and said to him, … “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering….”

“… Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns…. Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide (Gen. 22:1-14 NLT condensed)

Observation – In this scene, Abraham’s faith is tested. He is found willing to sacrifice his only son, believing God could raise him from the dead. In the nick of time, God provides a substitutionary sacrifice in place of Isaac, a “ram in the thicket.” Abraham responds by naming the place, Jehovah-jireh (The-LORD-Will-Provide.)

This is a foreshadowing of what would take place thousands of years later. It is the ‘cross-scene’ of the Old Testament. God provided for all of us His only begotten son, the Lamb of God. He died in our place, as our substitute, on a cross outside the walls of Jerusalem, in an area long ago known as… Moriah… the LORD did provide.

Application – The applications of this text are limitless, but my mind could not let go of this one concept and its implications – God’s Provision. For days, I’ve been trying to reconcile the tension between His provision and my human perspective. Too often I’ve seen and probably used passages like this as Christian “band-aids for the world’s suffering. “You lost your job? “The cancer’s come back?” … Haiti?!… “Hang in there… God will provide.” Regardless of whether or not God provides the practical solutions to our present trials, He does promise to provide His presence.

How I reconcile this tension between God’s provision and my human perspective has a profound impact on how I view and experience life.

Will I accept everything this world brings, both the joys and the trials, as from the hand of God? Or, will I, in my pain and suffering, reason that He has not provided; won’t provide; or worse, doesn’t care enough to provide?

In Acts 21, the Apostle Paul’s destiny is foretold – to be bound and to suffer for Christ. Paul’s response? “For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” I have no doubt Paul held firm his faith in Jehovah-jireh even as the executioners ax fell. I’m convinced that the hero’s of the faith never considered God’s provision to be what they could gain in this world.

So it seems, God’s provision is more about faith in His presence than it is about deliverance from life’s difficult circumstances. Though God is still very capable of providing “rams in thickets” and He often does, ultimately, the presence of Jesus Christ in my life is all I really need. His presence being the ultimate provision!

And… He’s promised the presence of His son to all who believe in His name.

Prayer – Jehovah-jireh, You have provided the peace that comes with your presence in spite of my circumstances. I’m thankful for the many “ram’s in thickets” You’ve sent my way, but I am most thankful for the Lamb of God, who’s sacrifice opened the door allowing me to personally experience Your presence. You are my provision.

Paul

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