Read John 6.
“Jehovah Jireh, My Provider, His grace is sufficient for me.”
There it is again. The sweet provision of grace. The grace we are all so desperately in need of every day, all day. There is only one that provides this grace, only one capable of giving it out. The one who was given the authority to judge by the Heavenly Father is the one who gave his life so that he himself could cover us so that we can live in grace upon grace every day.
Forgiveness pours down, grace is readily available, second chances are new with the sunrise every morning for those who have put their trust in Jesus as Savior. For those who in humility admit their deepest need which is freedom from sin.
This is the greatest blessing we will ever receive. Freedom and forgiveness from our human problem of imperfection and the continual tendency to, in pride, do things our own way. If Jesus stopped here and only graciously provided a way out of our sin issue along with eternity in paradise with him we could rejoice and be satisfied. This gift would be and is sufficient. Yet in his extravagant way we see over and over that he doesn’t stop there. He cares too about our physical, emotional needs along with our need for purpose. He is a lavish provider pouring out what we need, covering us with his abundance.
We see it in this the 6th chapter of John. In verses 1-15 we see him meet the physical needs of hunger for 5,000 + people. I love how in verse 5 Jesus is the one who sees the need and speaks to it first.
“Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are to buy bread, so that these people may eat?’”
Our physical needs are not lost on the Triune God. Just like the Israelite people were given manna from heaven in the desert, so the multitudes were given more than their fill of bread and fish on the hillside. Whatever physical need you have today, God has already seen it and he desires to meet it for you. He is Jehovah Jireh.
God doesn’t stop with our physical need he steps in and covers our emotional needs too. We see that Jesus, separating himself from the crowds, also found himself separated from the disciples. They are on the boat in the middle of the night, the sea was rough and the wind strong and here they see a man walking across the water toward them.
“ …And they were frightened. But he said to them, ‘It is I, do not be afraid.’”
In my experience lIfe can be one rough sea and strong wind after another. Circumstances can come our way and fear can grip our hearts. Darkness is real and when we can’t see the way or don’t know our next steps, Jesus in his grace walks to us amidst our storm on the water and calls out:
“It is I, Do not be afraid”
The little verse that comes next can be powerful for us if we truly allow it to take hold and take root, becoming a part of our lives. Verse 21 says,
“Then they were glad to take him into the boat and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going”
Then they were glad to take him into the boat. Jesus is walking into your storm with you and he sees our fearful heart. Will you take him into your boat? Belief in Jesus changes everything as you let him into the center of your stormy situation he will speak to the fear and uncertainty bringing you safely where he has for you to go.
Finally in this chapter I want us to see how God is provider of our purpose.
“Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.” verse 27
We are so easily distracted by the food that perishes, food that spoils. We can get side tracked by the things that don’t last, working so hard for that which won’t endure and it leaves us so empty. There is hope. Jesus encourages his listeners, and us, to work for food that will last and he says he will give it to us.
Maybe you read that and think, I have no idea how to discern what it is that I am to work for and I am unsure what God has given or I don’t see it yet. Do not be discouraged, Jesus gives us the place to start a few verses later.
“This is the work of God, that you believe in him who he has sent.” verse 29
Start here. Believe in Jesus. Believe that he is God. Believe that he is provider. Believe that he will give you the food that will last and ability to work for it. Believe that he is the giver of all you need physically, emotionally and in your need for purpose.
Lean on Jehovah Jireh, who in his undeserved grace has provided for all you need today.
- Where do you need to rely on Jehovah JIreh as provider in your life today?
- In what ways do you need Jesus to come and meet your physical and emotional needs?
- Are you struggling with knowing what God has purposed you to do with your life? Will you tell him about your struggles and choose to do the one work, believe?
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Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.