God's Revelation of Himself to Abraham
Dr. Joe Temple

Will you open your Bibles, please, to the book of Genesis, chapter 21. We will anticipate ourselves a little and notice verse 1 of chapter 22. This chapter is the mountain peak in Abraham's spiritual experience. There were many manifestations of God to Abraham. He had his ups, and he had his downs, but chapter 22 is the mountain peak of his spiritual experience:

Genesis 22:

1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Notice the words, “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham.” The word tempt here does not refer to temptation as we ordinarily think about it. It is test …the most crucial test that was to come in Abraham's life. This test came in chapter 22.

The thing I would like for you to notice with me is that it did not come until Abraham was ready for it. It did not come until God had arranged Abraham's life so that he could stand the test.

Prepared to Meet Tests

How many times have we been fearful of what the future holds? How many individuals have said, “I am afraid to commit myself completely to the Lord because I do not know what the Lord might ask me to go through.” We want to remind you that God will never ask you to go through anything until He has prepared you for it. God will never bring the supreme test until He has put you through His school and given you a graduate degree in experience. Then He will let the test come. We worry too often, too much, about too many things that never happen.

We want to continue our thinking about what is included in the words, These things . After these things God tested Abraham. One of the things referred to in this first verse was Abraham's having to give up his son Ishmael. When Isaac was five years of age, we learned in chapter 21, Ishmael was seventeen, and God said to Abraham, “Do not be afraid to do whatever Sarah suggests.” Sarah had suggested that Ishmael and Hagar must be put away. They could not live in the same camp with Isaac. Abraham was grieved with this thing, but God said, “Do not be grieved. Do what Sarah suggests. I will take care of Ishmael.”

We suggested that if God had not brought Abraham through this first separation, he would not have been able to face the second separation with victory. If he had not gone through this experience, the second experience, in chapter 22, would have been unbearable.

Included in chapter 21 is a small paragraph about an experience in Abraham's life which I suppose the commentators feel is so ordinary that they need not mention it. I am amazed every time I do any meditating in the book of Genesis to realize that the commentators practically ignore the last part of chapter 21. You can find scarcely a comment on it. But in the light of verse 1 of chapter 22…after these things …I think it is tremendous. I trust we will be able to see that. Notice with me the paragraph which begins with verse 22:

Genesis 21:

22And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:
23Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
24And Abraham said, I will swear.
25And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.
26And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
27And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
28And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
29And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
30And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
31Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.
32Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
33And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.
34And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

The many days that he sojourned in the land of the Philistines actually was many years, approximately seventeen in number. Let us try to get the picture clear in our minds before we try to learn a few things about it from a spiritual standpoint.

Abimelech was King of Gerar and a very important personage. So important, you will remember, that twice Abraham was scared to death of him, and connived with his wife, Sarah, to lie about her being his wife for fear Abimelech would kill Abraham and take his wife. But the years had passed, and God had blessed Abraham, and Abraham had become great.

Fulfilled Promise of Becoming Great

It is interesting when you read the Word of God to read it in the past tense…to read it with past experiences in mind. Do you remember in chapter 12 of the book of Genesis how God made a promise to Abraham? One of the things He said to Abraham was that He was going to make him great. He also said that through Abraham the Lord Jesus Christ would come. He said that out of Abraham would come the nation of Israel. He said that all the nations of the world would be blessed by the seed of Abraham. And he made a promise personally to Abraham. He said, “I will make you a great man.” Here is the fulfillment of the promise.

God made Abraham a great man…so great that when he came into the land of the Philistines, although he was a sojourner who moved about from place to place, Abimelech, king of Gerar, king of the Philistines, came to him with his Prime Minister. No messengers now. In other chapters we have read that he just sent messengers. Abraham was just a little man then, but now Abraham was so important that Abimelech came himself with his Prime Minister. He said, “I want to make a treaty with you. I do not want anything to happen to me, and I do not want anything to happen to my children. I want to make a treaty with you, as I have watched you, and I perceive that God is with you.”

It is wonderful to have a testimony like that. When people look at your life, can they say that about you? Can they say, “I have watched the things you do and watched the way you live, and I believe God is with you”? Can they say that? It is tremendously important if they do.

Life That Shows God's Grace

I am reminded of another thing…that before we are through we will see an illustration of the mercy of God. Have you ever placed confidence in a person and than had that person fail you? I am sure that has been the experience of nearly all of us. Haven't you said, concerning that incident, “I want to believe in him, and I want to trust him, but somehow I just cannot. I suppose he will be all right, but somehow I just cannot trust him.” It seems as if you can never forget that original failure. Twice over Abraham had a poor testimony before Abimelech. As a matter of fact, at one of those times Abimelech rebuked Abraham and said to him in so many words, “I am surprised at you. You are not acting like a Christian.” But God in His mercy and in His grace had so blessed Abraham, and his testimony was so great and so rich, that the mistake and the failure were completely obliterated from the mind of this heathen king. All he could see in Abraham's life was the testimony God gave.

I am glad, and I say this from the very bottom of my heart, that God does not remember iniquity, that God does not hold our sins against us. If He did, none of us could stand.

Abimelech said, “I am sure that God is with you, and if God is with you, I want to be on your side. So, I want you to make a treaty with me that you will not cause my sons any trouble.

Abraham was a wise man as well as a spiritual man. You know, sometimes people think that spirituality and wisdom do not go hand in hand. That is not true. Abraham said, “I will make a treaty with you, but before I do, we are going to get a few things straightened out. You see this well right here? Your men took it away from my men by force, and I do not like it.” Abimelech said, “I did not know. I am hearing about it the first time right now. I will restore this well to you.”

I pause to emphasize that because I think all too often we who love the Lord and are endeavoring to serve Him, excuse our failure to stand up for that which is right and that which is justly ours on the basis of spirituality. Abimelech was glad to give him the well.

Then they made a covenant. They made a rather strange covenant. That is, the procedure was strange. Abraham gave Abimelech some gifts, and then he took seven ewe lambs and set them apart by themselves. Abimelech said, “What in the world are you doing?” Abraham said, “This is the way we make a note. This is the way we make a covenant. This is the truth of our treaty. These seven ewe lambs will be yours, and they will be set apart as a permanent reminder that the covenant has been made.”

In verse 31 you will notice these words:

Genesis 21:

31Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.

Notice the word Beer-sheba . It means, literally, the well of the seven . The word sheba means seven. As a matter of fact, the word swear is a translation of this Hebrew word sheba . So if you wanted to be very liberal in your translation of the verse you could say, “Wherefore he called that place the well of the seven, because there they sevened both of them.” Seven was inseparably related to the oath. Then Abilmelech and Phichol left.

These are the brief facts of the story. The spiritual message that I believe God would give us is bound up in verse 33:

Genesis 21:

33And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.

Notice the last statement: Abraham planted a grove of trees, and he called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

Gradually Deepening Experiences With God

God's revelation of Himself to Abraham has been a gradual thing. Do not misunderstand when I say that God's revelation of Himself to you will be a gradual thing. When you come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you barely know the Lord. That is all. Then as you progress and grow in spiritual experience, you know Him more intimately and more deeply, and the man who has lived, not necessarily in length of years but in depths of experience, knows the Lord in a deeper way than others. That this is a principle taught in the Word of God I would like to confirm by examining several passages of Scripture.

Turn with me to Paul's letter to the Philippians, chapter 3. This chapter is a description of Paul's experience in grace, when he found the Lord Jesus Christ as his own personal Saviour:

Philippians 3:

7But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Everything earthly and material that people considered so important, he said did not mean a thing if they were to stand in his way of receiving Christ. But he said, “I am not through. Whatever I may have given up (remember it was other people's suggestion that he had given up something, not Paul's), I will be glad to give up, or anything I ever possess, for a deeper experience with the Lord.” In verse 8 he says:

Philippians 3:

8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Notice this verse:

Philippians 3:

10That I may know him, [you see, he did not know the Lord as fully as he wanted to know Him], and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

I will not comment on this passage of Scripture except to say that it is an illustration of the fact that you can go on to know the Lord. You do not know Him completely when first you meet Him as you do after you have lived a while in depth.

Will you turn with me, please, to the First Epistle of John, chapter 2, and see with me that John recognized this principle of experience:

I John 2:

12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Age - Length of Experience

These two verses of Scripture are not talking about age. They are talking about experience. For example, when John said, “I write unto you, little children,” literally the phrase is, “Little born ones, you have just been saved, and I am writing unto you because your sins are forgiven.” That is all you can say about folk who have just come to know the Lord. Their sins are forgiven. In the last part of verse 13 he mentions the little ones again:

I John 2:

13…I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

The meaning there is that you have met Him! Keep in mind that these little children are not little children five, six, and seven years old. They may be old men, but they have just come to know the Lord.

He says, “I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one.” Again he says, “I write unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you.”

There is a period in your Christian experience when you do battle with Satan, and you are well aware of that fact. But you will notice that in verse 13 he says:

I John 2:

13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning…

The phraseology ye have known is a grammatical construction that speaks of continuous experience where you know the Lord. He says the same thing in verse 14:

I John 2:

14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning…

Let us go back to Genesis, chapter 21. We took this little excursion through the Word of God to remind you that it is possible to grow in depth, and to remind you that God does not always reveal Himself all at once. Your knowledge of Him and your grasp of Him grows.

Keeping in mind the verse with which we started, “After these things God tested Abraham,” notice the gradual revelation of God to Abraham. Will you go back with me, please, to chapter 12 of the book of Genesis:

Genesis 12:

1Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

Here reference is made only to Jehovah without any characteristic phrase attached, so you do not know in what manner God revealed Himself to Abram when He called him out of the land of Ur of the Chaldees. There is just a simple statement that the Lord said to get out of the land. But notice in this chapter the tense of the verb. God had said it to him some time in the past. When God called Abram to leave the land of Ur of the Chaldees, in what way did God reveal Himself to him? Are we told anywhere? We are.

The God of Glory

Turn with me, please, to the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 7. This chapter presents the defense which Stephen gave for his life before he became the first martyr for our Christian faith:

Acts 7:

1Then said the high priest, Are these things so?
2And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
3And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

We are interested in verse 2. Stephen tells us how God appeared to Abraham…the God of Glory. If you were to look at this name in the original text, it would be El Kaw-bode . The word El is the Hebrew word for God . The plural is Elohim . Kaw-bode is the Hebrew word for glory . So El Kaw-bode appeared to Abraham in the land of Ur of the Chaldees and said, “Get thee out.”

Listen carefully. This is the simplest revelation of God that is ever made. I do not mean that it is not majestic. It is the simplest revelation of God that is made.

It is the revelation of God that is spoken of in verse 1 of Psalms 19. It is the revelation of God that is spoken of in chapter 1 of the book of Romans when God says that the whole world is without excuse because they know God. They do not want to retain God in their knowledge. The God of Glory…the simplest revelation of God there is. There is no personal attraction in this revelation. There is no closeness. It is simply God sitting in majestic splendor on His throne of Glory. It does not bring any particular comfort to your heart. It is inclined to strike fear, because you recognize that He is the Supreme Being, and you recognize His complete control over your life, and that is all you know about Him.

But it was enough to persuade Abraham to leave Ur of the Chaldees. The only way he knew God at that particular time was as El Kaw-bode .

God the Most High

Turn to chapter 14 of the book of Genesis. In this chapter we have an additional revelation of God to Abraham. This chapter tells the story of how Abraham delivered Lot from the five kings of the plains, and as he returned in victory from that battle, he was met by the King of Sodom and by Melchizedek, an individual who comes across the scene in the Bible for the first time. Notice verse 17:

Genesis 14:

17And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.
18And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Melchizedek is introduced, not as the priest of El Kaw-bode , but as the priest of El Elyon , God the most high. When Melchizedek blessed Abraham, he did not bless him as the priest of El Kaw-bode , God of Glory, but as priest of the most high God, possessor not only of Heaven but of earth.

You see, when God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees, Abram thought of God as many people think of Him today, as the ruler of the heavens. They think of God as sitting on the rim of the universe somewhere, not particularly interested in what is going on on the earth.

But now Abram met Melchizedek, and Melchizedek said, “I want to tell you something more about God. He is not only the God of Glory, El Kaw-bode , but He is El Elyon , the God of the earth as well. And He is very much interested in material thngs.” Then what happened? Abram immediately gave tithes of all that he possessed.

It is amazing how many people think God is interested in our spiritual welfare and not in our material welfare. Time and time again I have occasion to meet people who say, “Do you think it is all right to ask God for something like that?” They are referring to something material. They do not mind asking God to save their souls, but somehow or other they think it is inconsistent to ask God to feed the hungry.

Do you see this additional revelation? The God of Glory…that is good. But here is something better: Most High God, possessor of Heaven and earth.

The Almighty God

Turn, please, to Genesis, chapter 17. Here we have yet another revelation of God which Abraham was to enjoy:

Genesis 17:

1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Notice, He did not say to Abraham in this instance, “I am the God of Glory.” He did not say in this instance, “I am the Most High God.” He said, “I am the Almighty God.” This was an additional revelation, and I want you to see how much more personal these revelations of God are becoming.

First, it was El Kaw-bode , the God of Glory. Then, El Elyon , the Most High God. And now it is El Shaddai , the Almighty God. The word El is still the Hebrew word for God. The word Shaddai is the word that is translated Almighty . There is a very intimate thing about it. It is the Hebrew word for bread, and it is used repeatedly to speak of nourishment.

Can you see what God is saying to Abraham? “Abraham, I have shown you my glory. I have told you I own everything on the earth. Now I want you to know that I am going to strengthen you personally. You can look to Me for the strength and the nourishment you need.”

Oh, how that lifted Abraham up! Because, remember, he was ninety-nine years old, and still looking for that little boy God had promised. As the years went by, physical prowess left him, and the ability to procreate was fast slipping away, and Abraham knew it. God was saying to Abraham, “What you cannot do, I can do, and I want you to know Me as the one who is able to nourish the weak and the needy.”

The Everlasting God

Let us get over to chapter 21 and notice the additional revelation of God to Abraham. Remember, this is just before the big test. This is just before God asked Abraham to do the hardest thing that he ever had to do. God had to prepare him for it.

What did He do? He let him spend seventeen years in Beer-sheba, a grove of trees where he had intimate fellowship with God. What came out of that fellowship with God? A new name for God, a new revelation which was different from the way he had known Him. Look at verse 33:

Genesis 21:

33And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.

Here it is El Olam . What a difference. When he came out of the land of Ur of the Chaldees it was El Kaw-bode , the God of glory. When he met Melchizedek it was El Elyon , the most high God who was interested in the earth as well as the heavens. When he was discouraged and distressed about the fulfillment of the promise, it was El Shaddai , the Almighty God, or the God who nourishes. Now in preparation for the great test of his life it is El Olam , the Everlasting God. “Abraham, no matter who fails, I will not fail. No matter what you may be called upon to do, I will always be there. No matter how weak you may be, there will be strength for the test.”

You say, “Where does God say all of that to Abraham? All of that is wrapped up in this name, El Olam .

I want us to notice some passages where this will be proved. All we will do is read them. You might like to mark them in your Bibles. There may be a time when you will need to know Him as the Everlasting God.

God's Everlasting Arms

Will you turn with me, please, to the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 33, verse 26. This is the farewell message of Moses:

Deuteronomy 33:

26There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.

Notice this next verse:

Deuteronomy 33:

27The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

God said to Abraham when he was weak at the thought of offering up his son, Isaac, “You do it, Abraham, and just remember when you are ready to faint and ready to give up, underneath you are the Everlasting Arms.”

I do not know how deeply you have lived with God, but I want to say to you, and I hope you will understand the spirit in which I say it, that I feel rather sorry for you if you have not lived deeply enough to sense the Everlasting Arms beneath you, lifting you up when you are about to fall.

God's Everlasting Mercy

Will you turn with me, please, to Psalm 100, verse 5. How often I have rested on this verse:

Psalms 100:

5For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Abraham stood by the body of his son, lashed to the altar, and he knew he did not have the right to ask God to spare his son because of anything he was. He knew, as no one else knew, that there was no good thing in him, but he was learning to know the Lord. During those seventeen years in Beer-sheba there was one thing he had learned, and that was that God's mercy never fails. It is everlasting. When he prayed there he called Him, not El Kaw-bode , God of Glory. The God of Glory does not do much for you when you are standing by the body of a loved one you are going to have to give up. But when you can call upon Him, El Olam , Everlasting God who is able to give everlasting mercy, you know Him a little better.

God's Everlasting Strength

Turn, please, to Isaiah, chapter 26. This chapter speaks of a future day literally, but of the present day spiritually:

Isaiah 26:

1In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
2Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

Notice, “the LORD is everlasting strength.” Where do you suppose Abraham got the strength to take that knife in his hand and lift it above the body of his son, ready to plunge it down into his breast, until the angel stopped him? Where do you suppose he got the strength to do that? Do you think he could have done it himself? Remember, he was human. We have seen how very human he was. Do you know where he got that strength? He had learned to know God in those seventeen years in Beer-sheba as El Olam . He had learned that God is everlasting strength.

Notice the accuracy of the Scripture. It is not just that God gives strength, but that God is strength! That is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ gives to us. The life that we now live in the flesh we live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, Who loved us, and gave Himself for us. (Galations 2:20)

God's Everlasting Love

Will you turn, please, to Jeremiah, chapter 31. This is the last thing I want to say in relation to the attributes of El Olam which Abraham learned to know during those seventeen years in Beer-sheba. Notice verse 3:

Jeremiah 31:

3The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

“I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” As I deal with people who have problems, so often they say to me, “Well, I loved him, but he killed the love I had.” I do not know that I understand how that can be, but there is one thing I do know…God's love is an everlasting love. You cannot kill it. But you do not know that unless you have spent some time in Beer-sheba learning to know the Lord as El Olam .

The last passage of Scripture at which I would like for you to look is a general one in chapter 40 of the book of Isaiah. It is somewhat of a summary of everything I have been saying to you:

Isaiah 40:

28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

These are wonderful words:

Isaiah 40:

29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Abraham learned his lesson. During those seventeen years in Beer-sheba he learned to renew his strength by waiting on the Lord. This is not a backward presentation of the truth. It is the accurate approach.

Look at this last verse. You would think that the order of progression should be walking, running, flying. But that is not right.

Those of you who have lived through many trying experiences know that it is much easier to fly that it is to walk. It is much easier to run than it is to walk. The hardest thing to be called upon to do is to plod wearily along for a long period of time, just trusting the Lord.

But did you notice what he said in this passage of Scripture? “He giveth power to the faint.” And I love this: “And to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

I hope you have experienced that. I say it humbly…I have. By way of illustration, I do not know how many times when I have stepped into the pulpit so weary in mind and in body that I thought I could not possibly make complete sentences in constructive order. After the first three minutes I was utterly unconscious of everything else, and it was as though new strength had been poured into me. He is able to do that.

You may not be called upon to preach, but you are called upon to do things fully as important and as serious, and you can rest upon the promise of His Word that He will renew your strength.

God's Provisions For His Child

If you will turn back with me to Genesis, chapter 22, we will be through. Because Abraham knew Him as the Everlasting God who loved with an everlasting love, who kept underneath him the Everlasting Arms, who renewed with everlasting strength, when God reached out and stopped his hand as it was about to plunge the knife into the breast of his son, he had a new experience with God. This is the last revelation of God to Abraham. He died sometime after this, but he walked in the light of this revelation:

Genesis 22:

14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Very literally rendered, “In the mount of the Lord his provision shall be seen.” You see? He called Him by a new name: Jehovah-jireh . Why did he call Him that? Because he said, “In this very mountain, the mountain of the Lord, I have seen the provision of God.” He who had learned to trust God for seventeen years as the Everlasting God that did not fail, in one of the most trying experiences so his life learned to know Him as Jehovah-jireh , the God who provides.

That is why the Scripture says to count it all joy when you fall into divers testings. Those testings provide a new experience to know the Lord. (James 1:2)

Do you know, there are some people who live a long time, maybe even their whole lifetime, never knowing God as Jehovah-jireh . They have never been in any place where they were utterly bereft of all natural energy and ability, and had to let the Lord provide.

I would not take anything anybody might offer for those precious experiences we have had as a family when there was absolutely nothing we could do, and the Lord provided. We knew Him in a new way.

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