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Jehovah Jireh – He Provides

Thank you to Sundi Jo for showing God to us in a brand new way.

Jehovah Jireh. If you say it out loud a few times people might accuse you of sneezing.

Ahh.. But there’s more to the name of God than a blast of air causing people to say, “Bless you” as they back away from your unwanted germs.

Jehovah Jireh means The Lord Who Provides. Over the last few years, I’ve learned this in ways I never expected. If we’re being honest, I would have preferred lessons in learning he is a provider in much different ways, but that’s why he’s God and I’m not.

Jehovah Jireh provides for our needs.

Notice I didn’t say our wants. Though he enjoys blessings our lives with things we don’t necessarily need, he will always provide the necessities.

Over the last few years I’ve dealt with various health issues. I don’t have health insurance, so it’s been quite a challenge. But one day I received a letter in the mail that thousands of dollars of medical debt had been wiped away. The Lord Who Provides.

I’m leaving for a mission trip in March that cost $2800. The first $1400 arrived within 11 days of saying yes to the trip, and the rest showed up through various supporters in a matter of two hours. The Lord Who Provides.

We learn to understand He makes bitter things sweet.

In 2009 my father passed away. Our relationship was wounded as his struggle with addiction took its toll. However, before he died, I had the opportunity to bring him to Christ on his deathbed.

There were words of forgiveness and honor. No more hate. No more trying to prove something to the other. We simply tried to enjoy each breath he took, knowing it may be his last.

What started out bitter, ended sweeter than many could have imagined. God provided the place. He provided the time. He gave me the words. The Lord Who Provides.

When the battle seems more than we can handle, we learn to lean on Him.

Great things are happening in my life right now. I’m blessed beyond anything I deserve.  This is how I choose to look at my life, knowing it could be so much worse.

There are days I struggle through the lack of energy, but when a writing deadline looms, it shows up. There are moments I feel alone in trying to understand why I can’t just feel “normal” like everyone else, but then a friend will show up with words I know only Jehovah Jireh concocted. There are times I don’t know how I’m going to financially survive through the month, then a check shows up for $500.

Every battle we’re in is more than we can handle. I’m learning the quicker I lean on Him versus trying to do it myself, the easier it is for me to take a deep breath and just hand it over to The Lord Who Provides.

Every need is provided for, even it happens in the most unexpected ways. If we give Him the opportunity, he turns bitterness into sweetness. In the midst of the battle, if we let him fight, things will always turn out better.

After all, He is Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Who Provides.

Where do you need to trust Jehovah Jireh in your life?

Sundi Jo is a writer, speaker, and small business owner. She is the author of the free eBook, Step Away from that Diet, sharing tips from her 145 lb. weight loss. You can easily find her writing at the local coffee shop in a pair of jeans and flip-flops. Find Sundi Jo on Facebook or Twitter (@sundijo).

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

  • Nancy

    Even though I know that I am not alone in facing difficult times in my life, it is good to hear someone else’s story, especially based off the name of God, Jehovah Jireh. In the past two years my husband and I have found ourselves in what I call our Job season as much of the worldly security that we had, God has stripped away so that we HAVE to depend on Him. He, as always, has been good to us, blessing us with help from others that we need as well as giving us a chance to help others. God is good all the time, all the time God is good. 

    • jenniferowhite

       It’s really hard – but really a blessing to HAVE to depend on Him. Your words reminded me of James 1:3-4 Nancy. Those words have been at the forefront of my mind this week. Blessings to you as you SEE God because of your circumstances.

    • He is good all the time, Nancy.