Monday, July 13th
Here at the office, we are getting ready for our VBS study, as well as an accompanying adult study on the names of God, which will happen in a couple of weeks. So when I started to think about all the things that God provides that we see in 2 Timothy, I thought, “Jehovah Jireh.”
Jehovah Jireh – most believers are familiar with this Name of God. For some of us, it’s simply a lyric from a song that we sing, or used to sing. For others, this name is just that – a name we may have heard in a sermon sometime, somewhere. From time to time, we might even address God as our Jehovah-Jireh in our prayers, but how much of His provision do we truly understand or acknowledge? How much do we serve our Lord in our own strength instead of in light of all that He provides?
As Paul exhorted Timothy, he wrote of the grace, mercy, and peace that comes from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord (2 Tim. 1:2). He wanted Timothy to know the power, love, and self-control (discipline) that is his through the Holy Spirit. (2 Tim. 1:7) He reminded Timothy of his calling and salvation – that ‘grace granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, revealed in Christ’ (2 Tim. 1:9, 10). Paul continues to write, sharing greater and deeper truths about our truly awesome God and all that He has provided. What a difference this would make in Timothy’s life, as Paul called him to join in suffering hardship for the Gospel!
For Timothy, difficult days were about to come. He was going to lose his mentor, the responsibility of ministry would rest on his shoulders “alone,” and Paul was calling him to ‘join in suffering hardship for the Gospel.’
Alone, yet not alone, because God, Jehovah-Jireh, had provided so much for him, and would continue to provide.
Long before Paul wrote to Timothy, his beloved son in the faith, a wise king named Solomon wrote these words to his son: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths [make them straight.]” (Prov. 3:5-6) Solomon, Paul and Timothy knew the dangers of self-reliance and the great value in leaning on God and on the strength, wisdom, and power that He provides.
Why is it that we tend to lean on our own so-called wisdom, and strive to serve God in our own strength, when He has provided all we need to fulfil our ministry, serve Him fully, and stand firm for the Gospel?
Do you need to change your thinking? What are you going to do to practice leaning on the provisions of Jehovah Jireh, this amazing, sovereign God?