“Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water.” -Genesis 21:19a
When Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his son Isaac, I am always amazed at his simple obedience. It isn’t said anywhere that he questions God or grumbles or complains or worries, but rather that “The next morning Abraham got up early.” When I know God is asking me to do something, do I just do it? No excuses or complaints? Do I “truly fear God” (Gen 22:12b) and also consider God as my Yahweh-Yireh (“The LORD will provide”) (Gen 22:16a)?
I love the story of Hagar wandering aimlessly in the wilderness, when Abraham sends her off, and then becoming thirsty and worrying (crying) about her and her son’s lives. It says that God opened her eyes, and then she saw the well of water. God assures her to not be afraid (21:17b) and tells her that he has heard her son crying. But it amazes me that the well was probably already there, right in front of her, but because she was crying and worrying and probably not trusting in the LORD to protect and provide for her and her son, she couldn’t even see that he had already given her exactly what she and her son needed! I love the picture of how closely God watches over us and cares for us and is “with us” (Gen 21:20a).
Something to do:
If God is telling me to do something… just do it! Don’t worry, question, complain, delay. And remember that he is with me, knows my needs, and will always provide. I need to ask God to open my eyes to what he’s already provided for me, rather than always requesting something else. He has given us all we need!