Genesis 21:14-21: An eye-opening experience.
“14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba. 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bow-shot away, for she thought, ‘I cannot watch the boy die.’ And as she sat there, she[a] began to sob. 17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.’ 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.”
‘What a picture of our loving heavenly Father, who cares even for those who have been ‘’expelled.’’ God hears every person who cries out to Him in distress. Furthermore, being excluded from God’s covenant does not mean being excluded from God’s general mercies toward all mankind (Matthew 5:44-45). Indeed, God promised once more that Ishmael would be made into a great nation (verse 18).’ Tom Hale: ‘The Applied Old Testament Commentary,’ p.163.
It is comforting to know that God sees our tears, hears our cries and knows our circumstances. When all seems lost, the solution may well be close at hand (19). We just fail to see it. We need our eyes opening. But it doesn’t have to be a serious problem for us to be stumped by it. Whether the conundrums we face are big or small, God has the answer. May He give us His vision. You may be so close to an answer; in the vicinity of a breakthrough, but all you can feel is the scorching heat of the desert.
‘Was the well not there before? Did God suddenly and miraculously create the well? No, we must assume the well had been there all along. All that was needed was for Hagar’s eyes to be opened…There are amazing resources in our lives – both physical and spiritual – that are available to us if we will only turn to God and let Him open our eyes. Without the illuminating touch of God’s Spirit, we will miss many of His greatest blessings (see Luke 24:30-31).’ Tom Hale.
PRAYER: Lord God, I take great encouragement from this inspired story in your infallible Word. I bring to you my perplexity regarding…(you fill in the blank). Please open my eyes to see your solution.