There are a lot of people who write about how you can have the blessing of God on your finances. I’ve been feeling lately that the Lord wants me to write about this truth for a couple of weeks in my posts. I’m hoping that it will be a benefit to you.
There’s a name of God that gets a lot of attention. Jehovah Jireh – which is Hebrew for the God Who provides. This is one of the names of God that has inspired so many songs and sermons.
It was on the mountain of sacrifice that Abraham used this term for God. This was the first and only time it was used in Scripture.
It happened just after God stopped Abraham from offering Isaac as a sacrifice.
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. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. [Jehovah Jireh] And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
There are many people who view this name as a promise of provision. What they fail to see is that Jehovah Jireh is not a promise but a place. It’s a spiritual mountain that must be climbed. To get to that place in God, it will require the same thing from us that it did of Abraham.
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
Of all the things that come with the spiritual walk, testing has got to rank among my least favorites. Yes, I understand from the Scripture that unless my faith is tried and tested it’s worthless. But that still doesn’t mean I have to enjoy the process.
When we think about Abraham, we usually refer to him as the “father of those who walk by faith.” A lot has been written about the faith of Abraham. I’ve heard many people say that they aspire to have that same level of faith.
What’s sometimes forgotten, however, is that along with great faith comes great testing. Abraham was no exception. Because his faith in God had risen to such a high degree, he endured trials that I can’t even imagine going through.
Just as he is our example of faith, Abraham can give us insight into how to stay strong under testing. For the next few posts we will take a close look at this aspect of his walk with God.
As we take this journey with Abraham, I hope that you’ll find that place of abundant provision in Christ.
Question: Have you noticed that with each new step of faith, you enter another phase of testing?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013