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Week 3

“Jehovah Jireh - The God that Provides!”

 

Text 1: “And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” (1 Kings 17:4, NKJV)

Text 2: “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” (1 Kings 17:9, NKJV)

Text 3: “Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6 Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.” (1 Kings 19:5-6, NKJV)

 

Our God is an amazing God! You can’t possibly fathom the source of provision that He is. Another of His very names, “El Shaddai,” gives the idea of a mother that feeds her baby, as in an “all sustaining God.” His creativity, resourcefulness, and sheer power cannot be totally grasped by the human mind. When you think He is done a great miracle, He baffles you by doing a greater one!

 

Many other miracles could have been chosen to support God as Jehovah Jireh. But consider the three unlikely sources that follow. First, God commanded the ravens to feed Elijah. Now, by all practical purposes, ravens are very intelligent birds. They have a history of showing great analytical skills. I personally know the story of a cat that was ravaged by wolves in the wild and a raven flew the cat’s collar to the house of the owner of the cat. But, think about this, how did the ravens find the meat go feed Elijah? I know God would not feed Elijah meat ravaged by animals. Also, where did the ravens find the bread? This bread was not found in a trash bin. God’s amazing power is mind boggling. How this all came together; I am not sure!

 

Secondly, God commanded a widow to feed Elijah. Of all possible sources of provision, a widow? The Bible clearly says that she had enough to cook one last meal, eat it with her son, and die. And this is the source that God commended to provide for Elijah? This is the absolute least likely provider that would have crossed my mind. 

 

Thirdly, an angel brings Elijah a cake and a jar of water. This one is more of an understandable provider in the sense of having the possible means to provide. However, the wonder still stands. That God would appoint an angel to “cook,” or bake, a cake for Elijah is surprising. Imagine God telling an angel, “Now, go down to earth and cook my servant Elijah something.” By the way, worthy of mention is the fact that Elijah went on the strength of that meal 40 days and 40 nights!

 

I think there is a lesson for us to learn from all this. We do not have to worry about the “how,” we just have to trust the “who.” When we worry about the how, we become frustrated because we can’t see all possible avenues that God has available to Him to bless us. Yet, if we can just trust Him… He will worry about the how. He is true, never failing, and like the song says, “He is a good, good Father!” 

 

Please find encouragement today in that the God you serve is Jehovah Jireh- The God that Provides! Provision means “pro vision,” our God “sees before” we have a need, and He makes resources available to us. Trust Him! There is not one single need that you may have today that catches Him by surprise. Again, trust Him! Don’t worry about the how, just trust the Who.

Questions for reflection:

1. How does “not worrying about the how but the who” should impact my life?

2. Am I a person that “suggests” to God how He can bless me?

3. Do I have a need today that I can trust God to supply?

4. Can I trust God that if He provided through ravens, a widow, and an angel…He can also use many unlikely sources to provide for me?

 

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Action assignment: You may be God’s provision to someone in need! Please take out your phone. Scroll through the names of all your contacts as you pray for God to lead you as to who may need your help. Be in prayer as you seek guidance. When you know that God has led you to be a blessing to someone, please do not hesitate in standing in the gap. And, do not give to get; give to give. But know that your God will provide for you as well. 

Week 3

“I AM”

 

Text: “Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” (Exodus 3:13-14, NKJV)

 

This passage constitutes an amazing revelation of God! He reveals to Moses as “I AM.” This name means that God is the “Eternal Present.” In normal language, we would say, “he was yesterday,” or “he is today,” and “he will be tomorrow.” But in the case of God, we cannot say this, or we would be incorrect! All the grammatical rules fail to contain the essence of “I AM.” If we want to be correct, in the Hebrew sense of this expression, we have to say, “He is yesterday, He is today, and He is tomorrow.” You see, in terms of essence, God will not be any more than He already is. To say that God “will be” means that He will become something other than what He already is today, which is not accurate. God already is everything He is; therefore, He cannot become anything else, anything better, or anything worse. He is complete wholeness already!

He is the uncreated Creator! Our minds fail in comprehending Him. All grammatical rules fail in understanding Him. In terms of position, He is as much in your past, as He is in your present, as He is already in your future, all at the same time!

This may be hard to comprehend, but God is already in our future. The best way to understand this is to imagine that you’re driving in a freeway and you see an accident on the opposite side of the freeway, across the middle divider. The moment you have driven 3 miles away from the accident, you can look at all the cars driving on the opposite side of the freeway, and you know their future! You know that in 3 miles they will face an accident. You have been in their future. This is exactly the same way with God. He is in our future; He is our future. If we could see Him, we would see Him saying, “Trust me, I am already here!”

We serve a God that is outside time, matter, and space. The Bible commences with these words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Now notice, “In the beginning” (there is time!) “God created” (there is matter!) “the heavens and the earth” (there is space!). No other “god” is outside these three, only our God…the great “I AM.”

What a great God we serve. We should be encouraged today! The “small” needs that we have today do not compare to His awesome power. Be encouraged that if you call upon His name, He is able to deliver. See Him in your future calling you and saying, “Trust me; I am already here.” There is nothing that you will face today, or tomorrow, that God does not know, and He has provided already for you. So again, trust him! He is the great “I AM.”

Questions for Reflection:

1. Am I truly trusting the amazing God we serve?

2. How do my “little” problems compare to my “big” God?

3. What does it mean that in essence and position God does not change?

 

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This is optional. For anyone who would like more, at your pleasure and discretion, take action as described below:


 

Action Assignment: The Bible says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Please articulate in your own words how this expression may be related to God as “I AM.”

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