The meaning of Jehovah Jireh in Hebrew refers to “the existing one. The one true God, Jireh, also means “see, to inspect, the perceive, to provide, to consider.” The most famous passage where Jehovah Jireh is found comes from Abraham. While on his way to sacrifice his promised son Isaac, the Lord provided a ram in the thicket. At the sight of this good fortune, Abraham thanked God for providing a replacement sacrifice rather than offering up his son Isaac.
Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son! 14 So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide. And it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it will be provided, Genesis 22:13-14.
Since this day thousands of years ago, the Lord continues to provide today. Perhaps, this is the inspiration behind Elevation Worship and Maverick City’s song Jireh. Although not every prayer is answered, the persistent widow continued to wrestle with God until justice was received, Luke 18:1-8. As Jesus taught Christians while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, keep God’s will in mind as you pray to Jehovah Jireh, Matthew 26:41.
by Jay Mankus