After 25 years of waiting; the promised son, Isaac, was born to Abraham and Sarah. Along the way, bouts of unbelief and possible despair did plague them, but now there was laughter, joy and bliss. It seemed everything would go great, but jealously quickly arose when Abraham’s son by Hagar, Ishmael, began mocking Isaac. Momma didn’t take this well and ordered Abraham to send them away. Of course, this greatly saddened Abraham, but God encouraged him to do this since Isaac was the promised seed.
Abraham was obedient and sent Hagar and Ishmael off out of the land after giving them provisions for the journey. Before long, their water supply depleted and Hagar stopped the journey and sat down out of exhaustion dreading the foreseen future without water. Hagar cries out to God, “Do not let me see the boy die.” (Gen 21:16)
God heard the cries and the angel of God comforted Hagar promising that Ishmael was going to be a great nation. For him to be a great nation; he must live. This brought comfort to her and then God supplied water for them to drink and continued to care for the boy.
Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink. God was with the lad, and he grew…. Genesis 21:19-20a
Throughout chapter 21 of Genesis, it is seen how God’s word is true and trustworthy. The promised son, Isaac, was born to Abraham and Sarah in God’s perfect timing. Instead of trusting God’s word, Abraham and Sarah decided to take this matter in their own hands by having a child through Hagar, Sarah’s maid. It seemed like a good idea, but now that the promised child has come; Hagar and Ishmael are sent off because they are not needed.
Hagar is on her own and now at the point of despair, Hagar cries out and God hears and answers and even promises that they were going to make it through this set back by promising that Ishmael will turn into a great nation. Ishmael can’t be a great nation if he is dead and have no kids. So, this was the assurance that Hagar needed to know that God was watching over them and that His word is true and trustworthy.
Immediately God shows Hagar a well to drink from. She now knows that they will live. The real question at hand is, “Was the well always there? Or did God just create it? We don’t know. We do know that she was totally consumed by her situation and was looking down cast. Even if the well was there already; she was blinded and too overwhelmed to even see it.
Once she acknowledged that she was helpless in caring for her son; God stepped in and encouraged and gave her promises to look towards.
In our lives, God is always aware of our unpleasant situations. Sometimes, He will step in and help without us asking, but usually, He waits until we ask. God wants a relationship. He already knows what you are going through and He knows what you are thinking. Spend some time in communication with your Heavenly Father telling him your troubles, worries, what you’re thankful for and even ask Him to show you what you are to blinded to see.
As you spend time with God; you will also see how God’s word is true and trustworthy.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7-11