If you’re Christian—or you know Christians—then your social media pages probably regularly buzz with messages of provision. My Facebook page is currently peppered with inspirational messages from Joel Osteen. According to those messages, God’s going to give me blessings, meet my needs, and ensure I never want for anything.
Comparing those inspirational messages to reality can be a letdown. When I do want for something, does it mean God’s decided not to provide? Alternatively, does it mean I haven’t ticked the right boxes in my walk with Jesus, so I don’t get the benefits of being on the nice list this year?
The answer is no to both questions. God does provide, but God’s provision is sometimes as mysterious as he is.
As Christians, we often take Bible verses out of context. Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28 are two Scripture verses we most often abscond with, working them into conversations to breeze past the difficult with platitudes. Just like those verses, we sometimes take the name of Jehovah Jireh out of context.
Jehovah Jireh means “God who provides,” or “the Lord who will see that our every need is met.”
God is faithful and true to that name; it’s we who cause the misunderstanding. God, who will see to our every need, knows our every need better than we can. He sees the big picture; he sees tomorrow when we only see today. His Son said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
Jehova Jireh, but not necessarily wealth, fame, and comfort. Those may not be the things we need. But he does promise peace and a future, and the future he provides is one where he has overcome the world so we don’t have to.