Jehovah-jireh, the Lord our Provider, has been my theme since accepting the call to serve as Senior Pastor at Faith. A crazy move temporarily without my family into a completely unknown area of the country was only accomplished because of that name that Abraham applied to God. I stand amazed today that a man could have his dream, his hope, in a son and suddenly God asks him to sacrifice that son to Him. Abraham never wavered. He simply packed up his son and the supplies needed and started this journey. How could Abraham do that? He knew God called Isaac, the son of promise; therefore, he also knew that somehow God would protect him. He might have expected a sacrifice to appear in the bushes on top of the mountain, or he might have believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead. Abraham believed so he took Isaac up that mountain, built an altar, tied up his son, and prepared to kill him. As he raises the knife, God stops him and tells him He has provided a sacrifice. Abraham offers that sacrifice and repeats this name -- Jehovah-jireh -- again and again. That ram represents our greatest Sacrifice. God knew our need and prepared to meet that need before we ever took a step on this earth. He sent His Son at the perfect moment to save the world from their sin. We must proclaim Him our Jehovah-jireh, as well, because He has done this for us. I believe that it is most important to notice that God provided when Abraham trusted Him fully. God will provide, as we stay focused on His call and His plan for our lives by faith.

Help me, Lord, to keep those simple words at the forefront of my mind -- Jehovah-jireh, the Lord my Provider. Help me to celebrate Your provision in every area of my life knowing You have provided for all my needs.