In Genesis 21 Abraham prepared food and a container of water for Hagar and Ishmael and he sent them away. Hagar and Ishmael wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba. The water was gone. That was the worst thing that could ever happen to them. In despair, Hagar put the boy in the shade and she went, sat down by herself bursting into tears. “I don’t want to watch the boy die”, she cried.
God heard the boy crying and the Angel of God, Jesus Himself, called Hagar from heaven, “What’s wrong, Hagar? Don’t be afraid. God has heard the boy. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.” Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. Not a few drops of water, the well was full. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. He was revived. God fulfilled His Word. He blessed Ishmael and God’s plans to make a great nation from Ishmael’s descendants had come to pass.
In Genesis 16, God promised Hagar that she was going to have a son and God would increase his descendants so much that they were too numerous to count. But when the test came, she forgot God’s promise to her and sat in her frustration, thinking that day was their last day and there would be no tomorrow.
So many times we do the same. God gives us the promise, but when storms, wilderness are on our way, we tend to forget what God has promised us because we allow our flesh to judge the situation, but not God’s Word to be over your circumstance.
Jesus told his boys, “Hey, let’s go over to another side. Jesus was in the boat with them. Suddenly, a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Those experienced fishermen were so scared that they had to wake Jesus up. “Why are you afraid? He asked them. Jesus did not send them to go down in the middle of the lake. He told them clearly they were going to cross the lake and be on the other side.
God gave Hagar His promise, but when the supply of water finished in the middle of nowhere, she forgot the promise and forgot about the Promiser. Hagar was crying and Ishmael was crying. The Scripture did not say that God heard Hagar. No, God heard Ishmael crying. Why? Because Hagar was not crying out to God. She was crying out of her frustration. But Ishmael was crying to God, that is why God heard the voice of the lad.
Hagar was the type of the law and Ishmael was the type of the flesh. That’s what our flesh does. It cries. It fears. It’s disappointed. It’s frustrated. The law and the flesh have to leave. If you allow them to rule your life, you will forget the promise. You will look at your circumstances, rather than to God, and to His promises for you.
In Romans 13:14 it says not to make provision for the flesh and satisfying its desires, but instead to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not feed the flesh. It can come back and hurt you. If you try to leave by the law and pleasing your flesh, they will not bring you any good, but only distraction into your life. If you sow to please your flesh, then from the flesh you will reap destruction. But if you sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit you will reap everlasting LIFE. (Galatians 6:8) What are you choosing? Destruction or LIFE?
The Father says, “Why are you wailing? Didn’t I give you My Word? Why are you fearing? Didn’t I tell you not to fear? Why are you sorrowful? Didn’t I tell you that all things work together for good? Do you think that I am going to leave you in the middle of your struggles and never bring help in time of your need? I am your help. Whatever your need is, I am the only One Who can provide. I am your Jehovah-Jireh, your true Provider.
Your flesh can scream, saying to you that this is the last day and there is no tomorrow. It has no right to speak to you this way, for I am your God of today and I am your God of tomorrow. I speak to trees, to birds, to sea-creatures, to the sun and moon, to all the heavens and they obey My voice. The Creation hears and obeys. When I send My Word out I expect the fruit, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. When I reveal My Word to you and speak over you, I have already seen that Word fulfilled. It is just a matter of time.
Do not weep and do not be discouraged. Be comforted in My Word. I am your comfort, your refuge and your fortress. Believe in Me. Believe in My Word. I am opening your eyes and you will see your well full of My provisions. My promises are emerging. Don’t you see? They are marching into your life with the sound of triumph. That is not just one day’s show. I will always continue leading you along in triumph in Christ.”
Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them and don’t be frightened, because the Lord your God will go with you. He will not leave you or forget you.”