Thursday, January 3, 2013

Jehovah-Jireh

Wow...I think this must be a record for me...posting this many days in a row. :)

"And my God WILL supply EVERY NEED of ours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." ~ Philippians 4:19-20

 I felt like sharing a verse God gave me today.  <3  The Bible, God's Word really truly is "living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)  The Bible isn't just a book.  It's ALIVE!  It's God Himself..."The WORD became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14) Because God's Word is the Living Word...God has the power to speak to us thru it. Whatever we need can be found IN His Word.  It literally amazes me how every single day...whatever I need...I find in God's Word.  Often times I find myself being like, "How in the world did my Bible reading plan know to have me read this today?  It's the PERFECT verse for today! EXACTLY what I needed!"  Silly Monica...it's NOT the Bible reading plan...it's God!  God, in His Sovereignty speaks to us thru His Word...He leads us to what He knows will bring us the most joy, strength, fulfillment, peace, and understanding.  The Bible truly is a priceless treasure.  The only thing we have that will never perish. "Heaven and earth will pass away but MY words will by no means pass away."  (Matthew 24:35)

All that to say...today I was struggling with fear.  So many different fears.  "What if I never get better?"  "What if I'm always sick?"  "What if I run out of money to pay for my treatments?"  "What if the Dr who is helping me the most right now stops practicing?" What if...what if...what if... The biggest fear honestly was if I run out of the resources needed to keep paying for all my treatments, medicine, doctors appointments etc...  Oh how foolish of me!  In the past, even when in the morning it seemed completely 100% impossible to pay for something that I needed later that day...God ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS pulled thru for me and provided every single penny that I have ever needed.  I've never not had the money to pay for what I needed.  And yet...everytime I start feeling like my resources are running low...doubt hits. Oh Monica, when will you ever learn?  I have a Father in Heaven who "knows the things you have need of BEFORE you ask Him." (Matthew 6:8) And He, being the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has all the riches or Heaven and Earth at His finger-tips. 

So here I am earlier today, fearing something that is so contrary to the Person and Character of my God. And yet, God met me where my fear was.  My Bible reading (doing a read thru the Bible in a year plan Canonically) plan was Genesis 22-24 today.  And guess what story it was about?  Yes, you guessed it!  When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son...  In FAITH, Abraham began to honor God's wishes...even tho there was no sign of provision.  IN FAITH Abraham told his son upon his son asking where the offering lamb was, "My son, GOD WILL PROVIDE for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." (Genesis 22:8) He followed God...gave God all the dreams and hopes and desires he had for his son that God had originally promised to Him....laid him on the alter...lifted the knife...and right at the last second...not a moment too soon or too late...there was God!!  There was God...bringing to Him a ram...a ram to sacrifice instead of his son.  "And Abraham called the name of the place, 'The Lord Will Provide" (Genesis 22:14)   How more clear could God have told me today?  "Monica, please don't fear...please don't doubt or question Me.  I am Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord who Provides. I see and know your every need and I will provide for each one." <3  It made me smile realizing how perfect that story was for me to read today. Perfect that God designed from before time began, for me to read Genesis 22 on 1/3/2013 because God knew I would be struggling with fear. 

Dear Lord,  here I am again...coming before your throne...laying my health, my needs, my fears and my desires on your altar.  Trusting, knowing and believing that YOU will come...just like you came to Abraham...not a second too soon and not a second too late.  You will come, you will provide, you will be faithful and you will meet my every need.  You have always done so in the past and it's foolish of me to think you would not continue.  Thank You, that YOU are Jehovah-Jireh...the Lord who WILL (not maybe)...but the Lord who WILL provide. <3  Amen. 

Once again I am in awe of how God can bless me with "perfect peace when my mind is stayed on Him." (Isaiah 26:3)  Once again I am in awe of how completely sufficient HIS Word is.  Any question, problem, fear, hurt, pain, brokenness, depression, discouragement, confusion, etc. can be brought before His throne...brought before His Word...and He will bring His life-giving truth and healing to any and every situation. Why?  Because He loves us!  How?  Because His Word is "Living and Powerful"  When?  Any and every time that we choose to turn to His Word rather than the darkness of this world.

 "Now to Him who is able to do FAR more abundantly than ALL that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." ~ Ephesians 3:20-21


Trusting in my Jehovah-Jireh, my God who provides ALL my needs,
Love, 
Monica 


6 comments:

  1. Amen Monica, that was exactly what I needed to hear tonight! Thank you so much for posting!!

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    1. Praise the Lord, Lauren. <3 I love how God always knows exactly what we need. <3 Love you!

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  2. Thanks again Monica. I LOVE how you wrote "God met me where my fear was." It seems that most often, He does that. He comes to where we are, if He knows we are willing to follow Him out, and He comforts and secures us in His love. I am also reading through the Bible (90 day reading plan) which I did last year and was so blessed. It's beyond amazing that the readings always seem selected for that exact day and it's even more wonderful to realize God knew how they would impact us years before we knew we'd read them in that order, on that day!

    Are you still selling coffee? Email me. I've heard good things about Organo Gold. I might try it =) We don't have it in the South so much. hannah@stelzl.us
    Blessings and praying on for you!

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    1. Yes dear girl...I love how God meets us where we are...all the time. <3 So precious. Reading the Bible in 90 days? That is awesome! Go you! I would love to do that someday...how many chapters is that a day?

      Yes! I am still selling coffee as a fundraiser! Okay, I will e-mail you. :)

      Blessings back on you!

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    2. It works out to between 10 and 16 chapters/day depending on how long they are =) It's a lot, but I'm one of those people who loses motivation if I don't keep moving, so it's good for me.

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    3. Wow! That's a lot! Go you!!! I bet it will give you a new perspective on the Bible reading it thru that quickly.

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God bless you with a *beautiful* day.

~Monica