19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.
In Genesis 21:1-7 we read about the birth of Isaac just as God had promised. Sarah becomes insecure because she thought that both Ishmael and Isaac would be heirs for Abraham’s inheritance. For this reason, Sarah drives out Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness of Beersheba. Hagar lands up in a situation, where she finds no way in front of her and was filled with utmost fear, anxiety and grief that she failed to notice the provision of well water right in front of her. In v.17, despite the separation from Abraham's family, an angel of God reaffirms the promise for Hagar constituting a confirmation of the family circle into a bigger nation.
At times in our everyday lives, we face deadlock situations that plague us and we think we are on our own and there seems to be no ray of light. Everything seems to be beyond our control for which we don’t have an answer. Yet with our worldly knowledge and understanding, we imagine all the possibilities that might or could not happen. Our anxious mind makes certain situations more miserable. We may be in so much turmoil that we do not even consider God’s ability to meet our needs. Like Hagar, we fail to realize the hidden well- ‘Jehovah Jireh’, the powerful rescuer in times of trouble. It is in such vulnerable situations we need to remember our Father’s promise "I will not leave you nor forsake you" (Josh.1:5 ). God provides the needs of his flock in strange and incredible ways. Be it Hannah’s cry for a child or Daniel in the lion’s den or David’s victory over Goliath or guiding Moses to lead Israelites through the wilderness – God makes a way, when there seems to be no resources in front of us.
Just as God responded to the cry of Ishmael during the time of adversary, God strengthens each individual in times of trouble according to His will. He showers His love and care to the weary and weak-hearted people. God is faithful to His promises. We just need the patience to wait for God’s plan to work out in His time.We need the Holy Spirit and Grace of God to enlighten our minds, to see the well of living water i.e. God’s Salvation, over-flowing with His mercy and love.
Lord, please open our hearts and minds to see the solutions that you provide for our problems. Enlighten our minds through your Holy Spirit so that we may see the deliverance that you give us from all our fears and anxieties. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Fear hinders faith but trust in the Almighty kindles confidence
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…