“You shall also make a table of acacia wood; two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its width, and a cubit and a half its height. … And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always.” Exodus 25:23, 30
Loving parents love to be able to provide for their children. Whether it’s food to eat, clothes to wear, a home for shelter, a bed to sleep in, or toys and games to play with nothing we can do gives us more pleasure and satisfaction than providing for the wants and needs of our children and seeing them healthy and happy.
I believe that God feels the same way about providing for us.
The Jewish people have more than fifteen names for God, each one celebrating a different characteristic of God or an aspect of his relationship with us. The name Jehovah-Jireh celebrates the reality that the Lord is our provider. In the tabernacle God instructed the children of Israel to make for him the Table of Shewbread to celebrate the same reality.
When you look at the world, and use your imagination to remove all the parts that the Bible says are the result of sin, you find abundant evidence to support the belief that God is an abundant provider.
This world is exactly suited to be the perfect environment for people. There are abundant resources to nourish our bodies. A wide variety of climates and ecosystems to accommodate the needs or preferences of any person or animal. Animals of every shape and size to provide companionship and almost limitless opportunity for study. The fields of meteorology, geology, climatology, ecology, oceanography, biology, chemistry, and many other areas of science give us a vast scope for study and enrichment.
God gave us the capacity for music, and poetry, and imagination. Love, friendship and family.
To say that God is our provider is to make a gross understatement.
But in nothing has God’s capacity as a provider been demonstrated more dramatically than in his providing his own Son, Jesus, to be the atoning sacrifice and savior we needed when we sinned and rebelled and turned away from him.
God provides so much for us all the time that it’s easy to take all he does for granted. That’s why he had Moses place the table of shewbread in the temple. In placing it there and commanding his people to replace the bread each week it stood as a continual reminder that he is Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our Provider.