Jehovah Jireh

For years I’ve had a plaque which currently hangs in our salle de bain right next to the mirror. It has a quote from Philippians on it, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I’m so grateful for this truth. Today I feel the need for Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, keenly.

The meaning of this name is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. This is what we long for when we have a need that is personal and special; One who will see to our needs and provide for us. This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord will see to it that my every need is met. One Who knows my need because He sees. One Who is able to meet my need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and One Who can meet it fully. For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the thicket that was offered in Isaac’s place. For us it is whatever we need. (by Emery Nester)

“Jireh” translates into “provide” which is a word with wonderful Latin roots. Pro means “before” and video means “to see.” So it means to see in advance or before the need is known. God is preparing an answer before we know that it is a need. See Genesis 22:1-14 (from Hannahs Cupboardl)

You’ve probably had similar experiences. In October we realized there wasn’t as much money as we thought. We found an overlooked debt which should be paid immediately which will make serious inroads into our savings. We need a heating system (this is our second winter without one) and are trying to find funds for the payments. And we need to do this soon because the tax benefits etc to this present package may not be available in 2013. Saturday the car broke down and needs serious repairs. Today the specialist Stephane saw said that he needs expensive work on his teeth and that delay is most inadvisable.

So I’m relying on Jehovah Jireh, praying for wisdom on how to curtail expenses, and am reminded of our October Bible study passage from Matthew 6.

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Thank you Mark Cooke for sharing St. Augustine’s prayer which I echo with all my heart, “Almighty God, who knows our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking: Set free Your servants from all anxious thoughts for the morrow; give us contentment with Your good gifts; and confirm our faith that according as we seek Your kingdom, You will not suffer us to lack any good thing; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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Jehovah Jireh — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this post. I knew that Jehovah-Jireh is a name for God which describes how He provides. But thank you for the reminder that He sees our needs in advance, before they are known. The Creator of the universe cares so deeply & personally about His creation. How amazing!

  2. Today’s Daily Meditation by Henri Nouwen captured a bit of how I feel as I wait to see what the God who knows the end from the beginning has in store for us. He wrote, “Waiting patiently for God always includes joyful expectation. Without expectation or waiting we can get bogged down in the present. When we wait in expectation our whole beings are open to be surprised by joy.”