God is Jehovah Jireh: A message to single parents.

1 Timothy 5:8

If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

In Genesis 22, the scriptures tell us that God tested Abraham. Then it goes on to say, God told Abraham to sacrifice his son (who God promised to give him and he waited a 100 years for) Issac. Abraham took Issac and they set off. While traveling, Issac noticed that Abraham only had the wood and fire, but no lamb for the burnt offering. He voiced this concern to his father and Abraham said, “The Lord will provide.” You know the rest of the story, how God stopped Abraham and provided a ram in a bush. Then God blessed Abraham and said his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky, and through Abraham’s offspring all nations would be blessed because of Abraham’s faithfulness to God. Abraham named that mountain Jehovahjireh, meaning on this mountain, the Lord provides.
Listen, y’all. God tests us, before He blesses us. So, it’s very important to watch how you respond. Everyone’s situation is different, because we’re all different, however, the situations can be similar, for instance: There are many single parents out here who faithfully provides for their children, with no help from the child or children’s absent parent. Unfortunately, when the marriage or relationship goes left, oftentimes the children gets left out when the absent parent walks away. I want to encourage the single parent not to despair, for the Lord will provide. Do not become resentful, angry, bitter or vengeful, because God cannot use you this way, instead, do what you can, and trust God to do the rest. Don’t beg the absent parent for help, because you shouldn’t have to beg an adult, better yet a parent to do something that they should already be doing, and it’s not only about financial support, it’s about emotional, mental and physically being a part of the child’s life as well. Sometimes, it feels like the child is the one on the sacrifice table, even though the child or children are innocent in the situation. Your test, their sacrifice. Whew chile, I could preach that. It’s so much that could be said from that statement alone. Listen, when going through, declare like Abraham, that the Lord will provide. Don’t allow what it looks like to cause you to become hopeless or bitter. Abraham was faithful to God when he could’ve allowed his feelings of what was unfair get to him, because if he would’ve, he would’ve missed out on those awesome promises of God. Genesis 15:6 says, “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” Believe God, despite your kids being on the sacrificial table. God will always provide. He is their Father, and everything else they need, or you need him to be. Don’t allow anything or anyone to steal your joy, because one thing about it, the Bible says, in Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” It’s not just your ex who’s trying to hurt you and your kids, it’s another enemy. The one who is after you and your future generations, souls. So, keep a positive attitude, remain faithful to God, even when He allows you to go through something you don’t quite understand, then God will bless you beyond measures because you believed Him! Don’t look to anyone but God, because looking to people is a joy killer, even if you look to them to do what they’re supposed to do, it will kill your joy. Don’t ever put your hope in people, put your faith in God, depend solely on Him! Declare God’s promises, even when it doesn’t look and feel good, even when you don’t know where the road will lead or the outcome will be; trust Him. Abraham told Issac, the Lord would provide, and I don’t think he knew what that meant when he said it, but the takeaway is, it’s important what you speak when you’re going through. Especially, when you’re going through with a child/children because whatever you speak, they take to heart. God remembers what you speak during times of difficulties and so does your child. What you speak during these times have the power to break or create generational curses and strongholds. That’s why the Bible also tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).” Raising a child/children alone can be a challenge, but God is your provider; financially, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. He will not fail you or your children. After all, y’all are His children. ❤️ Blessings!

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