I’m working something through my mind that I should probably put in a completed and tidy package before I write about it, but here I am, pink coffee mug next to me, laptop on the kitchen counter, snow falling outside the window – and you in your homes, at work, or wherever you are, and I want to talk this over with you.
Yesterday we went to church and nearly wept through the sermon. Our pastor has been preaching a series on the different names of God, and he taught about YHWH Yireh – The Lord Who Provides. The sermon was rich, and more than I could possibly explain, so I want to share just four simple things that spoke to us as adoptive parents.
1. Our God sees.
The name YHWH Yireh, which means the Lord Who Provides, is entwined with an amazing principle, He Sees.
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.”‘ Ex. 3:
Suffering can cause us to wonder if God has turned away. Does he even care about us anymore? We need to know that we are not invisible to him. He sees us.
2. He does not leave us.
When we, like Abraham and Moses, say, “Here I am,” use me as you will, God does not leave us. He sees us and he provides. These two imperfect men set an example for us. (Gen. 22: 1 – 18 and Ex. 3: 1- 4)
The Lord sees our family and knows the struggles we have had since saying “yes” to loving and caring for orphans. He see you and knows exactly what you are experiencing as you serve him.
3. He provides.
Not only does he see – he provides. The Lord provided the sacrifice for Abraham, and He provided all that Moses needed to lead the children of Israel out of captivity.
When he calls you to adopt children, he will provide all that you need – not only to bring them into your family, but to carry you through the coming years.
4. We must recount the ways He has provided.
In the deepest suffering, we may not see how God is providing – but looking back the picture becomes clearer. The Lord has provided so amazingly for us, and yet sometimes we still feel alone. Recounting the ways he has provided reminds us of his generous love toward us, gives glory to him, and builds faith – our own and that of others.
Russ and I are going to begin a list of all of the ways the Lord has provided for us since we answered the call to adopt our children. I suspect it is going to be quite long and we are going to be amazed.
Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever. Ps. 28: 6 – 9
Special thanks to our pastor, Aaron Couch, for the way he faithfully leads us more deeply into our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Question: How has God provided for you?
Encourage one another.
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