Read: “Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means ‘the Lord will provide’).” Genesis 22:14
If you’ve been a parent for longer than a minute, you know that parenting is not for the faint of heart. There are good days, full of joy and laughter when you can't imagine life any other way. But there are also plenty of difficult days that leave you feeling like a failure and wondering how you’ll make it one more day. How do you hold on to hope in life's more challenging days and seasons?
Yahweh-Yireh. The Lord will provide. You see, God provides what we need exactly when we need it. As much as we desire to be in control, a lifestyle of faith means that we may not have all the answers or even all the resources we think we need to remain obedient to the vision God has given us for our families. When we look to scripture at the life of Abraham as an example, Hebrews 11 tells us that "By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents... Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God." Like Abraham, day by day, night by night, we must believe and trust that God will provide. We must shift our eyes from the temporal to eternal.
Parents, your job is so difficult but important. In the difficult seasons, we are praying that you will be hopeful in the waiting. In the seasons of joy, share your story of provision so that others will be encouraged. But regardless of the season, give thanks and celebrate because God always provides. Always.
Do: If you are in a difficult season, write down exactly how you need God to provide for you and your family. When God provides, come back and write it down. If you are in a season of joy, write down your story of God’s provision, and refer to it as a reminder of His goodness and faithfulness when you face a new difficult season.