Jehovah Jireh The God Who Sees Into, who perceives is your key to problem solving.
God wants to father us in problem-solving skills. The compound names of Jehovah correspond in order with the motivational gifts in Romans 12. The first one, Jehovah Jireh, corresponds with the first motivational gift–prophet. The noun form of Jireh is actually translated “prophet” in 1 Samuel 9:9.
In Genesis 22, God saw into Abraham’s motives and tested him in a way necessary for him to fulfill his destiny. In Isaiah 58, God saw into Israel’s motives. He let them know that their fasting and seeking the Lord had some missing pieces. This was the same Hebrew word in Genesis 1 where God “saw” the earth without form and void and “saw” what needed to happen.
The ability to see into things, break them down into their component parts and to find where the problem lies, is something that can be developed in all of us. There is a security here to be able to find what is missing, to be kept on a productive and healthy path. This brings a sense of hope and empowerment that God responds to us in this way.
Breaking Down to Bugatti
The 2011 Bugatti Veyron does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, with 1200 hp. Base price is $1,700,000. It is already in the Guinness Book of World Records, with a top speed of 267 mph, as the fastest car in the world.
How did mankind end up with a Bugatti?
How did this incredible speed machine come to be? We started with the invention of the combustion engine. That was placed on a chassis with heavy metal sheeting and some wheels. Engines were looked at from every conceivable angle, tweaked again and again. As power increased you had to get that power to the ground without the tires spinning off. Then, you had to be able to take corners well. On and on it went until every component of the automobile was broken down and examined repeatedly.
Many people have problems they don’t know how to solve. Their career isn’t working. They can’t get along with their spouse. Their teenager has gone off the deep end. They can’t ever lose those pounds and get fit. And so it is in the thick of their problem they feel confused, helpless.
Part of the fathering God wants to give us is from His Jehovah Jireh nature. We are made in God’s image and this is a skill that can be developed in every one of us. We can all learn to break a problem down into its component parts and see where correction is needed. This empowers us and gets us “unstuck” from the muck of our problem and able to live a victorious life.