Jehovah Jireh is one of many names given to the LORD in Scripture ([biblegateway passage=”Genesis 22:14″ display=”Genesis 22:14″]). It literally means “The LORD will provide.” Abraham calls the LORD Jehovah Jireh just after God provided a ram for the sacrifice that he had prepared in place of his son Isaac. I can’t begin to imagine how grateful Abraham was for God’s provision! But last weekend, we had our own experience with Jehovah Jireh, and it involved two broken video projectors on the very day of our Christmas production! Let me explain.
On Saturday, I believe we witnessed a clear example of Jehovah Jireh in answer to prayer. When we showed up for our final rehearsal that morning, the morning of our first presentation, we found that both of our front video projectors had died! They had worked just fine during a dress rehearsal a couple of days before. Needless to say, this was a serious problem since the use of video during the program was critical to effective and clear communication of the message of the Gospel. Working video projectors were necessary in order for us to show Marty and Linda’s powerful testimonies.
This is one of those moments when had to make a choice: either we let stress and panic overwhelm us; or we rest in God’s promise to be faithful, and we pray for a solution. I’m happy to say that we chose the second option! We took a few moments, right in the middle of our final rehearsal, and took our need to the LORD in prayer. Within an hour, Pastor Brandon was able to use his smartphone to locate two rental video projectors in the Fenton area that were available for pickup immediately! This was almost miraculous, to be sure… especially on a Saturday afternoon!
But there was another challenge: would these rental projectors be compatible with the mounting hardware in place in our ceiling? Again, God met our need! With some creative rigging, both projectors were mounted and up and running by 3pm. And, they were much brighter and clearer than our old projectors! God did “far more abundantly than all that we [can] ask or think…” ([biblegateway passage=”Ephesians 3:20″ display=”Eph. 3:20″]), in order to help us get the clear Gospel message out to our audience.
We presented the Christmas musical entitled Believe in Christmas on Saturday evening, Dec. 12 and Sunday morning, Dec. 13. Approximately 600 people attended the two presentations, many of them unchurched or infrequent attenders. The message of Christ’s power to break the chains of sin in peoples’ lives was clearly presented through compelling songs, solos, testimonies, and Pastor Scott’s challenge. Please continue to pray that the message of the Gospel will continue to take root in peoples’ hearts! If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the recording by clicking here:
I’m still amazed by Jehovah Jireh and I give Him all the glory for what He accomplished this past weekend!
Pastor Larry Burk