"The Perfect Provider" HAPPY FATHERS DAY
Jehovah-jireh or more appropriately transliterated = “Yahweh Yireh.” Used in context means - Jehovah/Yahweh will provide….
Genesis 22:1-13 (NLT)
Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.
“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” 2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” 3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” 8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” 12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.
There is a pattern to the life of faith that often follows a sequence of promise > excitement > waiting > doubting > testing > refining > eventual fulfillment.
12 Things are PERFECT PROVIDER has given us
12. The provision of His love: - “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” – Jer. 31:3
11. The provision of His grace: - “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
10. The provision of His peace: - “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27
9. The provision of His Holy Spirit: - “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” – Acts 1:8
8. The provision of a brand new life: - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
7. The provision of freedom from bondage and sin: - “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” – Romans 8:1-2
6. The provision of supernatural strength: - “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
5. The provision of purpose: - “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jer. 29:11
4. The provision of prayer/ direct access to God: - “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14
3. The provision of hope: - “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
2. The provision of a Savior: - “And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
1. The Provision of Eternal Life - “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. – John 14:1-2
For the entire family.
For many families stress often comes in the form of focusing on what we don’t have. God has provided us far more than these twelve “provisions,” but for this week, spend some time as a family and have a discussion on how the twelve things from this message can be worked into the daily life and conversation as a family.
For the YOUTH:
Often times children do now see the “behind the scenes” things their parents do to keep the household clean or in order, or simply functioning. Have a 10 minute conversation with your mom or dad and learn some of the things they do that you may not know of, but benefit the family.