“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most High over all the earth.” Ps 83:18
The Israelites called God Jehovah, a name they regarded as incommunicable and inexplicable. The name means the “self-existing One,” and the “I Am.” He was the Creator of all things; an awesome and unknowable supreme being. But God desired to be known in a personal way. So He added to the name Jehovah five revealing titles—word-portraits of Himself to help us better understand and relate to Him. Israel discovered these word-portraits during times of crisis and distress, and they will bless and encourage you during your times of need. Let’s look at each. Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord will see, the Lord will provide (See Ge 22:14). Abraham was about to sacrifice his son on Mount Moriah, when God provided a lamb for the offering in Isaac’s place. In response, Abraham called the place Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord who sees and provides. And it doesn’t just apply to Abraham. The New Testament says the Lord sees your needs and provides answers. Jesus said, “Your heavenly Father knoweth…ye have need of all these things” (Mt 6:32). Like a caring, alert, observant parent who anticipates his child’s every need, God provides well-timed solutions. Before a child’s shoes wear out a good father provides new ones; his child doesn’t need to beg, bargain, and plead. “Then why don’t I have what I want?” you ask. Because God knows what you really need—you don’t! What you see as “needs” might simply be “wants” in God’s eyes. Remember—Jehovah-Jireh sees your needs and will provide them!
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