The Church is at a season in its existence where it is on the verge of moving forward into greater things. Even as we encourage ourselves to take that step, we find ourselves surrounded by growing uncertainties. Walking in faith requires courage. Not because you don't know where you are going, but most of the time, we don't know how we will manage to get there.
One of the often-repeated character traits of God almighty in the Bible is that He can provide for those who undertake this journey of faith. It is almost imperative that a child of God understands His nature of providence. Once we know that we have a Provider that can sustain us, the journey doesn't seem so arduous anymore.
Jireh of provision
The first time we see God mentioned as a provider in the Bible is by the great example of Faith himself, Abraham. Abraham had obeyed God in fulfilling his word by taking his only son up the mount to sacrifice him. However, Abraham knew, that the Lord who had blessed him with Isaac was still able to sustain his blessing, In fact, he was so sure of divine provision, he promised his son that the Lord was going to provide a lamb for the sacrifice, even before the Angel intervened.
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. Genesis 22:8
Jireh of possibility
God is not only a provider of provision. He is also the provider of possibilities. When you find yourself with no place to turn to, He turns into a waymaker.
When the Israelites found themselves at the shores of the Red sea, they had no place to go. The Armies of Egypt were blocking their exit, the Lord stepped in to make a new pathway through the sea.
Our God is not limited by our circumstances. Even in a hopeless situation, He provides the possibility of a victorious exit.
But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. Exodus 14:29
Jireh of protection
When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were being dragged up to the fiery flames, they might have hoped that the Lord would have shown them a way out like the Israelites at the Red sea. But they had no possibility of an escape and before they knew it, they found themselves hurled into this blazing furnace.
What they did not know was that God doesn't always provide with us a cheerful exit. Sometimes He provides us protection in the middle of our calamity. This is why, even though the guards who threw the three men into fire succumbed to the heat of the furnace, the ones that were thrown in were having an evening stroll in the flames.
What is even more amazing is that they were joined by a fourth, their provider.
He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods Daniel 3:25
If today, you find yourself looking for any of these three mentioned - provision, possibility, or protection, hand your life over to the ever-loving embrace of God.
Jesus promised us that He is with us forevermore. His provision will sustain us for all eternity.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19