"And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-j ireh; as it is said to this day, in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen." - Gen. xxii. 14.
My soul! how many Jehovah-jirehs hast thou erected? At least, how many
occasions hath thy bountiful Lord afforded thee for erecting them? Oh
what cause have I to blush in the recollection! Had I done by my God,
as Abraham did by his, what blessed helps would they have afforded me,
in the same moment that they became monuments to the Lord's praise!
Surely I know all this, in theory, very plainly and fully: but how do I
fall short in the practice of it! To set up the Jehovah-jireh for all
that is past, is the best help to a soul in exercises for all that is
to come. When I can, and do put down, after any sharp trial, any
Jehovah-jireh, and say, here it was "the Lord did provide;" will it
not, in any future exercise, enable me to say, ‘If the Lord helped me
then, may I not hope that he will help me now?' It would be a very sad
requital for past mercies, in the moment of receiving them, to say,
‘Alas! the Lord did once help, but he will not. I fear, do it again.'
This would be to read the inscription of the Jehovah-jireh backward.
Whereas the very sight of our Jehovah-jirehs should teach us to say,
"Here the Lord helped me: here he manifested his free unmerited grace
to me: and will he not again? Is he less Jehovah than he was? Is he not
God all-sufficient, all-gracious still?" O it is blessed to have such
stones set up as Abraham's Jehovah-jireh. There was nothing in the
patriarch's of his own providing. His was simply an act of faith; and
neither the result of his asking by prayer, or providing by his wisdom.
And, my soul, do not overlook a most interesting mark which the Holy
Ghost hath put upon Abraham's Jehovah-jireh, in adding, "As it is said
to this day, in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen." As if he had
said, ‘ all the ages and generations yet to come shall profit by the
great father of the faithful's testimony to this place; and they shall
see it to the latest day of Jesus's church upon earth? Oh! how blessed,
when our personal experience bears an exact correspondence to that of
the faithful gone before; when we can and do set up the same. All
blessings, all provisions are in Jesus. He is the Lamb, which, from
everlasting, Jehovah hath provided, and whom his people shall see in
all their wants, temporal, spiritual, and eternal. And let their
extremities be what they may, yea, though the exercises of their faith
abound, yet let them wait but the Lord's time, which is always the best
time, and they shall most assuredly, like Abraham, find cause to call
the name of every place of trial, Jehovah-j ireh; concerning which, in
proof and in reality it shall be said, every day and to the last day,"
In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen!"