Third reason it might seem that God is not being JEHOVAH-JIREH.
Another factor to be considered regarding God being Jehovah-jireh, is this: His manifestation as Provider may be conditional. One cannot judge another person’s spiritual condition based on the abundance of his earthly wealth or lack of such.
But it is a measure by which one can evaluate HIMSELF in light of other circumstances as discussed before. He should keep in mind John’s prayer, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth,” (3 John 2), and Jesus’ words, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). Another thing one should consider about him/herself is whether or not tithes have been paid. (Mal. 3:7-11)
As stated previously, the word Jireh means provide or see. God does both. Nothing catches Him unprepared! And he sees us as well as provides for us. Many of us like to claim a prosperous soul simply because of our marvelous righteousness through Jesus, but in truth our souls are not prospering.
Let me repeat, we cannot judge any other person in this matter. But if I am having money troubles, I should evaluate myself honestly. Perhaps I AM prospering as my soul prospers. Both my soul and my bank account are weak and in need!
Am I really seeking God first, or am I just claiming the gimme part of that scripture. This is hard stuff, isn’t it?
Fourth reason coming up later, and I give you warning it is not a “life of Riley” reason either.