“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah–jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”
Genesis 22:14 KJV
With each birthday, every candle blown away with our very breath as a wish is made. Life is celebrated, age is increased. With every new age comes a new level of responsibility, this ranges from booking a dentist appointment (unfortunately) to paying a bill. There’s really no in between with these, it’s always extreme or extreme.
With such a fast paced society, you either eat or starve. Independence is very much advertised, presented as the latest cellular device and without it you are a caveman. Independence is amazing, it’s all part of the adulting. Who doesn’t love it? Ha!
Unfortunately, when something is so idolised or rather chased after we forget what it’s like to be dependent. Independence is the healthy lifestyle and dependency is the disease that makes you isolated. Now, dont get me wrong to be independent is ideal. It’s amazing! But, what happens when we demonstrate that with God? What does this look like? To say you are not dependent on God? Oftentimes, we believe it’s the job, degree, business that puts a roof over our heads or food on the table. We forget it’s the mercy of God that provided that income or opportunity.
The moment you become independent in regards to the relationship you have with God, you have worshipped him with your mouth and your heart is far away from him. Although we are in the world and independence is ideal we must remain completely dependent on God. Oh how beautiful it will be if every decision we placed it at the feet of Jesus, oh what a sight if with every issue we give it to God, what a great thing to give thanks to the Holy Spirit concerning an instruction.
May we never be our own god’s or tell God indirectly that we have got this. You can never move out of the house of God, you can never tell God that he didn’t have to pay for your sins. God will always be our father and we ought to be his children.
In Genesis 22, Abraham’s actions determined how he was remembered till date. The man of faith, he gave God back his son. Unknown to a lot of people Issac was about 30 years old , this not a cute naive scene he is aware of what might be taking place. Abraham is completely dependent on God that if he made a way then he can now and ultimately Issac belongs to God and not him. Overall this foreshadows what God will do for humanity by sending Jesus to be the final sacrifice. God didn’t allow for Issac to be sacrificed he provided in the thicket, a ram is caught and the angel of the Lord is there. Abraham names this place Jehovah-Jireh. The God who provides! Wow from the daily bread to our very own Jesus. What a fatherlike nature.
Over summer, last year on my way back from church my friends and I met a homeless guy. We spoke to him and then decided to get him McDonald’s, so whilst I went in to order a burger and fries I forgot to include a drink (I know right). We are both thinking the same thing who gets the meal without a drink ? I’m just that person. So whilst I wait with the receipt, I’m just saying to myself I should have gotten a drink.
Everyone who came after me were getting served and I was even left in more of a confusion as to why everything seems to be going left. I decided not to complain, then the manger approaches me 5 customers later. He gives me the food with a drink, excuse me… erm hello I didn’t get a drink. He said please have it sorry for the delay, I insisted that it was okay. That didn’t work so I ended up being grateful and taking the drink. I was in complete awe, that God heard me and he provided in such a miraculous way. El roi, the one who sees. He provided. From the living waters to our daily bread.
He provided on the cross: our Lord and personal saviour. We have been made free from the grip of sin, he clothes us. He numbered the hairs on our head. If he can provide to assure eternity is with him, why won’t he provide in the life that will end? Oh sons and daughters of God never be an adult with God. For we are his beloved children, we ought to remain dependent on him even till very end.
Regardless of the season or age, we must not worry. It is our duty to worship God : “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
I pray we walk in a childlike nature and not a childish one. In times of desperation, joy and peace may we be focused on our Heavenly Father and walk in the sonship he has adopted us into through the blood of Jesus that was shed on Calvary.
In Jesus name
“And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:18 KJV
P.S happy new month! Welcome to April