They're usually some of the most exciting moments in sports: the touchdown or field goal that wins the game with no time left on the clock, that game-winning basket as the final buzzer sounds, or the game-winning home run with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Whatever the sport, there is nothing like a sudden victory when victory seems out of reach. It makes the fans go ballistic.
It can be really nerve-wracking when you're behind and time is running out, but it's really thrilling when a hero pulls it out at the last minute. The longer someone walks with God, the more they come to appreciate Him as the God of the last-second victory, the God of the eleventh hour.
The Bible reveals many names by which God wants us to know Him. One that has meant so much to so many for so long is the name Jehovah-jireh. It means, "The Lord will provide." You may be facing a need or situation right now where that is literally your only hope - that the Lord will provide. Maybe it's a job, a friend, the funds, the person, the answer, the house, the healing, or the breakthrough you need.
There is a rock-solid promise in Philippians 4:19 that "God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." God's supply has nothing to do with what's happening in the economy, in the news, at work, or in what your resources can do. It's all about His unlimited "Jesus-account" in heaven, which transcends every limitation earth has.
God sometimes waits a while to meet that need. That's when we tend to panic, to come up with some desperate way to meet the need on our own, or to abandon our trust in God because we think He's taking too long. That takes us right out of the will of God and aborts what God was going to do.
It's in Genesis 22 that God is known as Jehovah-jireh for the very first time. We can learn a lot from how He worked that day for Abraham. Abraham had, by faith, obeyed God's direction to take the son God had once promised to him, climb Mt. Moriah with him, and sacrifice his son - as God Himself would do one day when Jesus died on the cross.
Believing that God will somehow provide something Abraham can't imagine, Abraham promises his servants that both he and his son Isaac will return from the mountain. Genesis 22:10 says his faith and obedience went so far that "he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son." At the very last moment, God stopped him and showed Abraham a ram, stuck in a thicket, who would be sacrificed instead of his son. The Bible says, "So Abraham called that place, 'The Lord Will Provide.'" Jehovah-jireh made His move when there was no time left.
Now, about your need. God loves to come through for us when there is absolutely no place else that answer could come from, and there is no time left on the clock. It's 11:59 and the buzzer is about to sound. God shows up with His provision at a time and in a way that will blow you away, that will give Him all the glory, that will show the people around you the greatness of God, and that will take you to a whole new level of faith and worship.
Have faith in God. God's last-minute victories are some of the most awesome moments of your life. The greater the need and the later the hour, the more amazing God's work on your behalf is going to be. Hang in there until the end of the game, because that is when God really does His stuff!