Incense Rising Online Study 3

Welcome to the second week of our online Bible study through Incense Rising: 60 Days to Powerful Prayer. Days 5 and 6 focus on God’s kingdom and God’s will. On day 7, the focus shifts to our needs.

Many times, we don’t like God’s will. We don’t want to be in our situation. Think over your lifetime, and reflect on the seasons when your will would have been quite different than the will of God. You may be there right now.

Those days are not easy, but one thing that helps us through them is God’s promise to provide. When life does not go our way, we can stand on the promise in Philippians 4:19:

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory

Jehovah Jireh (the Lord will provide) is one of God’s names that I use in prayer often. When circumstances are not what I would prefer, it reminds me God sustains us. God will equip us during the storm, and He will grant us a way out of the storm.

Abraham was in one of those places. He did not wish to sacrifice his son. His precious and only son. He did not want Isaac to die, and he certainly would rather not be the one who took his life, but he trusted God. Abraham said, ”Your will, not mine.” We don’t find that in Scripture, but it appears in his actions. He trusted God to resurrect Isaac.

Isn’t it comforting to know that in troubling times, God will provide! We submit to God’s will, and we say, “I don’t like this, but this is the path You have chosen for me. I trust You, and I claim Your promise to provide because that is who You are – Jehovah Jireh.”

God gave Abraham faith, the faith to trust Him.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8)

God gives us that same faith. Jehovah Jireh provides for us the same way He provided for Abraham. He gave Abraham a ram to sacrifice instead of Isaac (Gen. 22:11-13). He parted the Red Sea when the Israelites were trapped with Pharaoh on their heels (Ex. 14). Jehovah Jireh supplied the widow of Zarephath a bottomless barrel of flour and jar of oil that never ran dry (1 Kings 17:11-16). Jehovah Jireh presented Paul and Silas with a way of escape from the Philippian prison (Acts 16:25-31). Jehovah Jireh has bestowed healing upon many, and grace when healing was not part of His plan (2 Cor. 12:9).

When you lose your job, Jehovah Jireh will provide your necessities until He provides you with another job. When you are grieving, Jehovah Jireh will provide comfort to the mourning. He will provide when the bank account is empty. Jehovah Jireh provides us with safety. He opens doors when other doors close.

Read Genesis 22:1-19.

What emotions do you think Abraham felt as he cut the wood and made the journey to Mount Moriah?

What did Abraham tell his men (v. 5)?

How can you trust Jehovah Jireh today?

Jehovah Jireh, we pray for You to provide for our needs. Not just food, clothing and shelter, but supply our spiritual and emotional needs also. Thank You. Amen.

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