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Jehovah Jireh is the Old Testament name that speaks of God as the Provider.

Jehovah Jireh means “God will provide.”

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Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they both went together. – Genesis 22:8

God as the Provider (Jehovah Jireh) appears first in Genesis. It stems from the part of Genesis where Abraham had to show his faith in God when called to sacrifice his chosen son Isaac. According to Wikipedia: “In the Book of Genesis, Jehovah-jireh or Yahweh Yireh was the location of the binding of Isaac, where Yahweh told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham named the place after God provided a ram to sacrifice in place of Isaac.”

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You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. – Psalm 145:16

As believers, we must continually ask for and accept what God provides us in our lives.

He doesn’t have to give us anything. Yet, He continuously gives us what we don’t deserve, blessing us beyond our own belief.

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. – Psalm 37:25 (KJV)

Pray earnestly for God’s provision. Pray that He continues to supplies your daily needs and necessities. Pray that God’s provision allows you to prosper and grow closer to God as you use His provision to bless others. Pray that God stands out in your life as your provider, as your Jehovah Jireh. Pray for Him to provide for you and your needs, but also pray that He provides you with the stewardship to handle His provision as one trusted with such a blessing.

God truly will provide.

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Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.- 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NIV)

Jabez’s prayer became quite popularized some years ago when a book by the same name was written by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson. The whole phenomena went off wildly beyond the book itself, with t-shirts, Bible covers, journals, and the like. What is amazing about the whole Jabez craze was the focus so many put on enlarging their territory rather than identifying what made Jabez the character stand out from among his brethren.

Verse 9 tells us that Jabez was “more honorable than his brothers.” That speaks volumes when you see that his mother named him for her pain during giving birth to him. We do not have to study and search too deep to know that this verse alone shows that Jabez was not living out a self-fulling prophecy based upon his naming. Jabez cried to the Lord and was blessed because the Scriptures tell us that “God granted his request.” Many of us would love to simply had that phrase alone attached to the story of our lives.

Are you seeking to enlarge your territory? I looked at these two verses and saw the simplicity of what God does with us when we are honorable and humble.

Enlarge your territory like Jabez. The prerequisite is to start off by not allowing circumstances or conditions to dictate your outlook. Your outlook can influence the outcome. What do I mean? Your perception of how things are and how things turn out can impact how you live with situations in your life.

Live an honorable and humble life regardless of how others are acting around you. Be sure to keep your eye on the prize without stepping on and over everyone on your way to the top. Failing to be humble and honorable can cost you.

Ask God for what you want and need. You need His provision as well as His protection. Before you go to God, see how He will get the glory from blessing you. God may not be blessing you right now. He may be trying to see what’s the benefit if He blesses you.

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