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. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
We take so much for granted. For the most part, we all have everything we need. Sure there are plenty of things we would like to have, but our basic needs are covered. We have enough food to eat. We have a roof over our heads. We have a bed to sleep on. We have a car to get us from here to there. And even some of those aren’t basic needs. And yet, we have them covered.
But, somewhere along the way we start to get entitled. We start thinking that we deserve more. We start thinking that we ought to get this or that…that we’ve done enough to earn it, and that God ought to provide it for us. We think that the basic necessities are a given, and then the extras become the necessities.
But, God gives us what we really need when we really need it. Sometimes not a moment before we absolutely need it. But he always provides for our needs.
The question for us this day is not if God will provide. Instead, it is if we are thankful for God’s provision. Abraham was so thankful that he named the place and called is “The Lord Will Provide.” And He was so successful that the name he gave to that place carried on beyond his life. In fact, today we call God Jehovah Jireh which means “The Lord Will Provide” – which comes from this story.
What are the moments in your life that God has provided? Do you remember the specific places?