The Names of God: the LORD Will Provide
“So Abraham called the name of that place,‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’” Genesis 22:14
One of the key names for God is JEHOVAH-JIREH. This precious name tells us that God is our Provider. The literal Hebrew meaning is, “The Lord will Provide,” or “God my Provider,” from the ancient Hebrew word “Jireh” that means “to see” or “to provide,” or to “foresee.”
What does this mean, why is this so precious? Because we are assured that God actually does indeed care for us and always will provide. So, we can rest and trust in him when times of hardship come or when we can’t see what is ahead. This name was revealed to Abraham when his faith was tested and he was about to present Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22; John 15:7; 16:23-24; Philippians 4:13-19).
To further take a hold of this idea, we have another name for God, JEHOVAH O’SAYNU, meaning “The LORD is our Maker.” Since, The LORD is our Creator, our Maker, he deserves all that we have and all that we are. He makes us and He provides for us (Psalm 95:6).
Then, we have El YESHUATI, “The God Of My Salvation.” God himself is the source of our salvation. We fell by sin and invoked the wrath of a just, pure and holy God. We deserve death and his anger, yet he steps into our lives to save us from his wrath by our willful disobedience and sin (Isaiah 12:2)!
These ancient names remind us that God saves us, he is our maker and provider.
So, God provides, creates us, saves us and leads us. His blessings can only be grasped when we surrender our pride and sin and really live by his Lordship, which these names remind us of.
Do you have trouble seeing God’s provision? We can take comfort in life’s troubles and trials, as God is still Sovereign over them. His purpose is to refine us, form us, mold us, improve us, restore us, grow us, and strengthen us.
By his provision, because he created us, he saves us and still he leads us, he is worthy of our worship.
Today, write down the name of God that speaks most to you right now.
Carry it with you and remind yourself of his characteristics, that he is the same today as he was thousands of years ago.
Read an earlier post in this series here.