God Will Provide
“Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.”
(I Kings 17:3-4)
Sometimes God provides in unusual ways. The raven was an “unclean” bird in the Old Testament, and yet God chose this bird to deliver food to Elijah. We should be wise enough to accept God’s blessings no matter how they are delivered to us.
Sometimes God will test his own before providing for them.
“And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”
“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.”
One of the meanings of Jehovahjireh is “God will provide”. There is a double meaning in Abraham’s statement regarding God provision. God provided a lamb as a sacrificial substitute for Abraham’s son and God also provided his Son, the Lamb of God, as our sacrificial substitute.
God tells us clearly why we can trust him to provide our needs:
“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”