Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” Genesis 22:14
What do you think it means for The Lord to “provide”?
Sometimes we think of God like a magician. He sort of waits for some kind of need or emergency to arise and when it does “POOF” – the rabbit appears. Not so, my readers … not so.
Our word “provide” is derived from two Latin words. The first is the prefix pro meaning “ahead” and a word that means “to see” (we get our word video from here). So then, the word “provide” can be defined like this: “to look ahead, prepare, supply.”
In essence, God sees the need before you do and puts the provision in place ahead of time. In the case of Abraham, the ram was waiting for him to get there.
As a dad to four girls, I have always tried to look ahead at what my children might need and I would prepare accordingly. Long before they knew they would need school clothes, my wife and I put money aside for them. Then, when school shopping was upon us, we were able to clothe them. College funds for your kids are a way of looking ahead and providing for your children. And that’s how it is with God.
It’s no wonder that Jesus taught not to worry about what you will eat, and what you would where. Paul learned that God would provide for all his needs (Phil 4:19). Get your mind off tomorrow; it has its own problems. Be assured that God has already provided for you long before you ever even knew you would have the need.