Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most. (Psalm 37:4, TPT)
Elohim Yireh is a name of God. It means God Will Provide. That name reflects an important character of Papa God’s heart.
Whereas most of us want God to answer our prayers, God wants to become the answer.
Our most natural stance when making a request for a supply of something we cannot provide for ourselves is to anticipate the arrival of that request. It doesn’t have to be measured materially. It could be a character trait we lack or an understanding we don’t comprehend. The typical attitude is to be on the watch for the thing to arrive.
Here’s another position to consider. It’s the expectation of the arrival of Papa God to reveal himself in the working out of all the details of that request.
Everything God does has life and love wrapped around it. There’s something to learn and something bigger than the handing out of any substance material or immaterial.
It’s expected of a small child to receive a gift, then go off and do whatever that child desires with it. But often the child will come back to the giver and want that person to enjoy the gift together either as a learning or play experience. For both the child and the giver, there’s something more important than the gift. It’s the underpinnings of a valued relationship.
Such is the word picture I’m attempting to paint.
Scripture says that Papa will not withhold anything from us that is good. Although we may see something good in what we are asking for, will receiving it be a blessing? If with preparation of our hearts, Papa can provide something greater that can be a higher benefit, he may decide on the greater blessing. The delay leaves room for transformation that will look for eternal rather than temporal purposes.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” [Ephesians 3:20-21]
Elohim Yireh is in the provision. He enjoys giving more than we do. But he’s focused on a greater design than providing a hand out or hand up. He wants us to become like him in the process.