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Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Will Provide

So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."  Genesis 22:14 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I once had a blood clot—a deep-vein thrombosis—lodged in the artery between my heart and lung.

Many people do not survive this type of blood clot. My recovery took some time. At the same time, my wife and I had a storm that damaged our roof. Added to this, the compressor on our air conditioning unit failed. When I did the math on the medical bills and repairs, it totaled ten thousand dollars—and I was out of work without pay. I wondered how we would get through these circumstances.

One day, as I doubted God’s provision, I arrived at a gas station to fuel my car. I noticed a lady on the other side of the pumps, standing with a pump handle in her hand and looking a little puzzled. I asked if she needed help, and she asked, “Do you want some free gas?”

She explained that she had fuel points for free gas, but her tank was full. I could have the rest. I thought it might be a gallon or two, but I pumped a full tank of gas into my car.

As I look back on that day, I believe God was saying, “Ken, I know you are a little nervous about your bills, but if I can provide gas for you free of charge, I can also pay your bills.”

Sometime later, I got a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. A letter from the IRS is usually bad news. The letter had a check for five thousand dollars—and it wasn’t a refund. That year, I had owed the government. I called them to verify, and they said it was my money. I made sure I got their names.

Within six months, God helped us pay all our bills. When circumstances are at their worst, financial or otherwise, the Lord will provide.

Are you overwhelmed by financial burdens? Your heavenly Father has them under control.

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Ken Barnes

Ken Barnes has had a twenty-five year career in educational pursuits. He has taught in various public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Virginia. He also worked for seventeen years with Youth With A Mission as a school leader, recruiter, and director. Ken holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places. He currently is a speaker, blogger, and freelance writer. Ken lives with his wife Sharon in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Visit Ken at https://sites.google.com/site/kenbarnesbooksite/