Jehovah Jireh is one of the many names of God. It first appeared in Genesis 22:14, and Jireh basically means “God will provide”. Oh and did I mention that the Chinese translation of Jireh is *his* Chinese name? It was quite surprising when I saw his name in big print on the pastor’s power point. Anyways, that’s beside the point. The message today was wonderful. Here are some points I got down:
- “He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believedâ€the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” Romans 4:17
Like how God gave Abraham a son, even though it seemed impossible, and “resurrected him from the dead”, God will do the same for us. Just when it seems like we have lost all hope, He will resurrect our hope and gives us blessings beyond our wildest imagination – if we can obey Him like Abraham did.
- “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
All things begin with God and end with God. Are we willing to let God participate in our lives by bringing in the people and events that He want, not what we want? And when it comes to the end, are we willing to let it go, just like how Abraham was willing to let Isaac go?
- Sometimes when God takes something away, there is a reason behind it. More often than not, it’s a test of our faith: how much of it do we have in our heavenly Father? Sometimes these trials are necessary to make sure we can handle the blessing that is to come after. The choice is up to us whether to be strong or to run away.
- “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16
God knew and loved us before we even came to be. He has great plans for us, and they are already in His book. So why do we worry when things don’t go as we plan? Why do we try to take things into our own hands and cry when it fails? Is God’s plan not better than ours? Will He not provide what’s best for us?
Needless to say, I was very encouraged by this sermon. However, I don’t regret my breaking down as it gave me an idea of how *he* was feeling… for the first time I can sort of understand his pain. As for our future? All I know is that it’s secure in God’s hands.