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Jehovah Jireh: The Shepherd Who Provides Then and Now


Jehovah Jireh is a common name for God; it is in songs, sermons, and inspirational wall decor. It can often be simple to look at one’s own life and point to times that support God as Jehovah Jireh. This paper, however, seeks to draw connections between the Bible and contemporary life to show how God’s providence extends through all of time. The study begins with an examination of two biblical examples of God’s providence—Psalm 23 and James 1—followed by a summary of five interviews with people in different places of life. The analysis of the biblical pictures of God’s providence help establish an experience of God that is then confirmed through the interviews. A new perspective on the interpretation of ‘doubt’ became an unexpected, but thought-provoking factor. The research revealed the desired result of showing how God’s providence can be connected through the pages of Scripture and daily life.


James 1, Psalm 23, God's providence, Jehoveh Jireh