And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built
an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the
altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his
son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham:
and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any
thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy
son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind
him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered
him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that
place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen
Many of us have heard of the faith of Abraham. In fact, in the mind of
many Bible readers, Abrahams name seems to bring to mind that very
word--faith. He had left home and relatives to go to a new land that God would
show Him. He trusted God to protect and care for him and his family, whether in strange
lands or strange times. His heart beat for God. And God knew Abrahams heart and his
faith, and He never let Abraham forget that to him, God would always be Jehovah-Jireh (the
Lord will Provide).
Many of us might look back on an interesting path that has brought us to where we are
today. A path of faith? We have our moments it seems where that is the case, and perhaps
to us, many more that seem to lack faith. But we are blessed to remember that God is in
control. And though we feel at times as though we are running in circles, God is faithful
to help us to get back on the right course. We simply need to try to follow Him with a
sincere heart, and to the best of our ability.
Yet we know that our best may have a lot to be desired--we are not perfect. That is just
another reason why we come to Jehovah-Jireh (the Lord will provide). We come to Him
because we know that we do not know what we need to know to truly know His will and path
for us--but He does know. We come to Him because we are truly poor in spirit, and once we
recognize that we are poor in spirit then we can come to Him with knowledge of our
need--realizing that He is the only one who can meet our need.
As Abraham had come to the place where God wanted Him, to do as God had commanded, he must
have had his moments of doubts. Not unlike his descendants, the Israelites, who later
would be freed from slavery only to wish to go back when their circumstances were far from
favorable. None the less, Abraham proceeded with what God gave him to do, holding on to
what he knew to be true--that God is faithful to provide.
For Abraham, a ram in the thicket met his immediate need. But it was not the first time,
and it certainly would not be the last time that God would meet his need. There was a time
when Abraham had been offered a portion of spoils of a war he helped fight to free his
nephew, Lot from captivity. Abraham turned down the offer of riches, proclaiming that he
would not have people saying that any man had made him wealthy, but that God alone had
given Him what he had. This so there would be no doubt to any, Who had been the Provider
of Abrahams needs.
You may be in need today. It could be just about anything because we all have many needs,
whether they are spiritual or physical, emotional or financial, or anything else--God is
the Meeter of needs and He is as faithful to us today as He was to Abraham. He loves us.
He will never leave us nor forsake us. And He is worthy to be trusted by each of us to
always be our personal Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord Will Provide).