Water in My Wilderness

3 Apr

In Genesis chapters 16 and 21 we find the story of Hagar, who had been going about her business as Sarah’s slave until her she received an offer that she couldn’t refuse.  She would sleep with Sarah’s husband, Abraham, and produce a child for the couple. Hagar probably said  to herself, now I’ll be more secure in my position and my child will be well off since Abraham and Sarah are very wealthy. 

But things didn’t turn out the way Hagar thought they would.  Eventually Sarah conceived and gave birth to her own son, Isaac. At that time, Hagar’s son Ishmael was around 13 years old. Sarah didn’t like the way Ishmael treated Isaac and demanded that both Hagar and Ishmael leave the home. God told Abraham to obey Sarah’s request to put the two out and not to worry about Ishmael and Hagar. God promised Abraham that he would multiply his seed through Isaac and that he would make a nation of Ishmael as well. Abraham obeyed God and sent Hagar and her son Ishmael packing the next morning with bread and a bottle of water. This was not the inheritance that Hagar had imagined.

Hagar and Ishmael wandered into the wilderness. Their water was all gone.  In sheer desperation, Hagar cast Ishmael under shrubs. She then moved away from him. Not wishing to see her son die, Hagar turned her back on her son and wept.

The angel of God called Hagar and asked why she was crying.  He then told her not to be afraid, for God had heard the cry of the child.  The angel then spoke the same message that he had given to Abraham regarding Ishmael’s future.  “Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hand; for I will make him a great nation”. Afterwards, God opened Hagar’s eyes and allowed her to see water nearby. Both Hagar and Ishmael were going to live because God had not only made a promise; He had also made provision for this single parent and her son.

Have you had a Hagar experience? Were you led into what seem to be an awesome experience, only to find yourself in a more desperate situation than when you first began?  Just as the Lord saw Hagar and her son Ishmael in the wilderness, He see’s you in yours.  Believe that the Lord has great things in store for both you and your child/children.  He didn’t bring you this far in life to leave you now. Ask the Lord  to open your eyes to see the water in your dessert.  For God has never left you. He has no plans of forsaking you.  Your children are not cursed. They are a blessing from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). They will live and not die and declare the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 118:17) and so will you if you only believe (Proverbs 3:4,5).

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