I get a secret sort of joy when people come into out home and comment on the furnishings and decor … I know, that sounds odd for a man to say, but I do. It is not for the reason you think. The secret joy is because I love seeing the expression on their face when I explain that most of the furniture that you see in our house came from Craigslist … mostly in the free section.
Yes, we have furnished our home with other people’s unwanted stuff. Several Bookshelves, two sets of bunk beds, two futons, a pine kitchen table and six chairs and an armour computer desk … all scavenged for on Craigslist … all for … drum roll please … less than $500!
Now that is a crazy good deal when you realize that for that cost we can sleep 12 people on mattresses and sit about 10 at our table! On a single income, families can have a hard time finding the money to be able to furnish homes and this is how we have been able to stretch our dollars. We are so grateful to those who pass their stuff on to others to use it, and the generous nature that it takes just to give things away.
Now my family and I enjoy many pieces of furniture that have been provided for us … and at times we have received vehicles (used ones, ones needing repair … but ones that were better than what we had!), a few times money has been given at just the right time. I mean, God is so gracious that he even once paid a large portion of a tuition bill through an anonymous donation! I have come to realize that God always provides when you ask, sometimes we just need to be willing to see his provision when it is in front of us! It may not be the Ferrari or winning lottery ticket you think you need … It may just be a matching set of futons, just when your old couch smells bad and is starting to break! When you see God provide … like He did for Abraham we need to proclaim it from the mountain tops. It helps the rest of us to see the our God is still actively providing and caring for his people! Jehovah Jireh lives!
Genesis 22:13-14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 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.”
Abraham was called by God to make a sacrifice … a blood sacrifice that usually involved a ram. He did not have one, but his son Issac was with him. In obedience Issac and Abraham prepared to make the offering, Abraham even went as far as preparing to lay his only son on the altar to sacrifice him. This is when a ram appears tangled in a thicket for him to sacrifice. God provided! Abrahams response is not to question why God would lead him and his son through difficult choices leading up to finding the ram. He response is to be joyful and proclaim God as “Jehovah Jireh” or “my God provides!”
How often do we miss God’s provision because we are either not obedient to His calling, or we refuse to proclaim our God as provider as Abraham did from the mountain tops?