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God the provider

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God supplies the needs of all creation, but gives special care to his own people.

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God is called “The Lord who provides”

The name “Yahweh Yireh” (or “Jehovah Jireh”) is from the verb “to see”, and means “The Lord foresees” or “The Lord will see to it”.
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God provides for the needs of all creation

He provides for the earth

Psalm 65:9–13 NRSV
You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
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He provides for the animals

Psalm 145:16 NRSV
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
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He provides for all people

Acts 14:17 NRSV
yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good—giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy.”
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He provides for the poor and needy

Psalm 140:12 NRSV
I know that the Lord maintains the cause of the needy, and executes justice for the poor.
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Special instances of God’s practical provision

Food and water in the wilderness:

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God’s provision for Elijah:

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Elisha feeds 100 men from 20 barley loaves; Jesus Christ feeds 5,000; Jesus Christ feeds 4,000

God’s special provision for his own people

He provides for their practical needs

Philippians 4:19 NRSV
And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
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He provides for their protection

Psalm 5:12 NRSV
For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover them with favor as with a shield.
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He provides for their every need

2 Peter 1:3 NRSV
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
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Examples of God’s provision for his people

security in the promised land; consolation in grief; restoration from captivity; a way of escape from temptation

Implications of God’s providential care

Freedom from worry

Matthew 6:31–33 NRSV
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Luke 6:38 NRSV
give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
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Romans 2:4 NRSV
Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
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