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“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
In November 2000, God opened the doors for me to proclaim the gospel of Christ throughout Egypt. It was one of the greatest ministry opportunities I’ve ever been granted. Excitement filled my heart as we prayed and prepared for the meetings. There was a deep sense that God would do something wonderful in Egypt.
Just a few months prior to the meetings in Egypt, I was scheduled to attend Billy Graham’s congress on evangelism held in Amsterdam. More than 10,000 pastors, evangelists, and church leaders were expected for the congress. The international delegates would fill hotels throughout the city.
The first day of the congress, my wife and I were sitting on a bus, waiting to be transported to our hotel. Two Egyptian leaders boarded the bus and sat right in front of us. I couldn’t believe it. They were coordinating our meetings in Egypt, and we were on the same bus, headed to the same hotel. It was obviously a divine appointment.
We spent the next few nights talking and making plans for the evangelistic efforts in Egypt. Our hearts were on fire with a vision to reach all of Egypt with the message of God’s love found in Christ. But every time they suggested some new avenue of reaching people, it came with a price tag. In simple terms, that meant we needed thousands of additional dollars. There was only one problem: we didn’t have any more money.
I had to make a decision. Should I tell the Egyptian brothers we couldn’t do what we were dreaming — or should I step out in faith and trust God to provide the money? After much thought and prayer, I determined that God had given us this opportunity. He had put us together in that hotel. It was His dream, not ours. I concluded we could trust Him to provide the money.
When I came back to my office, I shared the new commitments I’d made to the Egyptian leaders. As I shared with our team, I found myself struggling with my decision. I knew that it was impossible for me to come up with such a large amount in such a short time.
But that was exactly the position where God wanted me. He wanted me to abide in a position of absolute helplessness. He would do what I was totally incapable of. He would call me to do something — then show me I had no ability to accomplish that. I would come to know Him as Jehovah Jireh — God, my provider. Less than a month before our travel to Egypt, God provided the money we needed in a completely unexpected manner. It resulted in His kingdom coming and His will being done in Egyptian lives. Many thousands of Egyptians invited Christ to be their Savior and Lord.
Thousands of years ago, God first revealed Himself as Jehovah Jireh. He made himself known to Abraham as God, his provider. When Abraham was 99 years old, God told Abraham that He would give him a son. God was true to his promise. God provided a child to Abraham and Sarah in their old age. But God wanted Abraham to know Him even more intimately. So He tested Abraham. God told him to sacrifice the son he loved so greatly. One can feel the pain and confusion Abraham must have experienced. His heart ached, but he was faithful to God. He determined he would use Isaac as a sacrifice.
At just the right moment, God told Abraham No! God provided the sacrifice: a ram. Can you imagine the joy the old man must have felt? I can see him weeping and laughing over God’s provision. God called Abraham to do the impossible: sacrifice his own son. Then God made the provision for the sacrifice. Consequently, the Bible says, “Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh” (Genesis 22:14 kjv).
Has God called you to do the impossible? If so, His call may be deeper than you think. He may be calling you to get to know Him — as Jehovah Jireh.
Genesis : Chapter 22
1) Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2) Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 3) Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4) On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5) He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” 6) Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7) Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8) Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. 9) When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10) Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11) But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 12) “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” 13) Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14) So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
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