Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Jehovah Jireh - Our Almighty Provider
 Jesly Thomas Ajin
MTC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
 
 
 
19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.
 
In Genesis 21:1-7 we read about the birth of Isaac just as God had promised. Sarah becomes insecure because she thought that both Ishmael and Isaac would be heirs for Abraham’s inheritance. For this reason, Sarah drives out Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness of Beersheba. Hagar lands up in a situation, where she finds no way in front of her and was filled with utmost fear, anxiety and grief that she failed to notice the provision of well water right in front of her. In v.17, despite the separation from Abraham's family, an angel of God reaffirms the promise for Hagar constituting a confirmation of the family circle into a bigger nation.
 
At times in our everyday lives, we face deadlock situations that plague us and we think we are on our own and there seems to be  no ray of light. Everything seems to be beyond our control for which we don’t have an answer. Yet with our worldly knowledge and understanding, we imagine all the possibilities that might or could not happen. Our anxious mind makes certain situations more miserable. We may be in so much turmoil that we do not even consider God’s ability to meet our needs. Like Hagar, we fail to realize the hidden well- ‘Jehovah Jireh’, the powerful rescuer in times of trouble. It is in such vulnerable situations we need to remember our Father’s promise "I will not leave you nor forsake you"  (Josh.1:5  ). God provides the needs of his flock in strange and incredible ways. Be it Hannah’s cry for a child or Daniel in the lion’s den or David’s victory over Goliath or guiding Moses to lead Israelites through the wilderness – God makes a way, when there seems to be no resources in front of us.
 
Just as God responded to the cry of Ishmael during the time of adversary, God strengthens each individual in times of trouble according to His will. He showers His love and care to the weary and weak-hearted people. God is faithful to His promises. We just need the patience to wait for God’s plan to work out in His time.We need the Holy Spirit and Grace of God to enlighten our minds, to see the well of living water i.e. God’s Salvation, over-flowing with His mercy and love.
 

PRAYER

Lord, please open our hearts and minds to see the solutions that you provide for our problems. Enlighten our minds through your Holy Spirit so that we may see the deliverance that you give us from  all our fears  and anxieties. Amen.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Fear hinders faith but trust in the Almighty kindles confidence