FRIDAY 9TH APRIL, 2021
THEME: THE GREAT PROVIDER
PASSAGE: GENESIS 22:1-13
MEMORY VERSE: Genesis 22:13“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.”
HYMN: MHB 50 (C.M.)- THE Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
It was, no doubt, a great trial for Abraham who was over 100years, to sacrifice his only legitimate son unto God. In spite of his somewhat grief, Abraham decided to give Isaac to God in sacrifice. At the very point of doing it, Jehovah Jireh provided a replacement. So it is, when we give if we do so willingly no matter the cost.
Provision is from the Lord. He is our Great Provider. Known as Jehovah Jireh which simply means “The Lord will provide (Gen 22:8, 14.). God, in His providence, will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). He did so to Israel while in the wilderness of confusion and despair (Deut. 2:7), Elijah, despite a devastating famine in the land (1Kings17:6,16), the hopeless widow in debt (2 Kings 4:6) and the faithful followers of Jesus who needed to be fed after some days of stay with Him (Matthew 14:20).
When God decides to supply our needs, it can turn out to be an overflowing experience (Psalm 23:5), a treasure of goodness (Psalm 31:19), a spiritual feast (Matthew 22:4), a glorious and an everlasting inheritance (Matthew 25:34).
Jehovah Jireh in His Sovereignty is willing to bless all genuine Christians, provided some conditions are fulfilled. They should be willing to give their substance to God (Exodus 25:2, Luke 6:38). The giving that will be honoured, acceptable and rewarded by God should be with all simplicity, given cheerfully, regularly and proportional to our blessings (Rom. 12:8; Matt. 6:3; 10:8; 1Cor.16:2; 2 Cor.9:7). A major condition to be fulfilled also is regular payments of tithes before the open heaven experience promised by Jehovah Jireh is achieved (Malachi 3:8-12).
It is clear that God is not happy to see His children lack anything good. We must ensure, however, that the conditions for receiving from Him are fulfilled. Have faith in Him; He never fails those who trust in Him.
PRAYER: Dear God, as the Great Provider, provide for all my needs through Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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