The Perpetual Spring
Jesus stated: “If you are thirsty, come to Me! If you believe in Me, come and drink!”
Summer has arrived in the United States. That means hot, and for some areas, dry. Have you been driving and/or hiking in a desert and because of the intense heat, you have consumed all of your bottled water? If you have, you will appreciate the wilderness event of Hagar and Ishmael when their bottled water was consumed.
There is no genealogy for Hagar in the Bible. According to Dr. Herbert Lockyer, R.S.L., a legend “has supplied her pedigree, as being the daughter of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt”. Hagar left her homeland to go to a foreign land to follow Sarah and Abraham to become their Egyptian slave.
Hagar eventually became the mother of Abraham's first child, and he was named Ishmael. As a consequence of a serious family circumstance, Hagar and Ishmael, were forced to leave Abraham and Sarah's home to wander aimlessly in the wilderness of Beersheba. As the hot burning rays of sun beat down on them, their bottled water was easily consumed.
In Genesis 21, it states: “When the water was gone...(Hagar)...left...(Ishmael)...in the shade of a bush”. She “went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away.”. She knew that he could not live long without any water, and she didn't want her son to die. In an agonizing prayer she “lifted up her voice”, and she began to weep.
Then a marvelous event happened: “God heard the boy's cries, and the angel of God called to Hagar from the sky, Hagar, what's wrong? Do not be afraid!”. She was told to “go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants”.
God opened Hagar's eyes, and “she saw a well”. Immediately she went to the well to fill her water bottle, and she gave Ishmael a drink. The Lord saved the two of them, and God blessed Ishmael by staying with him during the time he “grew up in the wilderness of Paran”. Ishmael eventually become the founder of the Arab nation.
Many times God's people have family and friends who are wandering in the wilderness, and are spiritually thirsty. In Ephesians 1, Paul put into words a prayer that God's people may pray for those people. He prayed asking “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”, that “He may grant them a spirit of wisdom and revelation...in the...knowledge of Him. By having the eyes of...(their)...heart flooded with light, so that...(they)...can know and understand the hope to which He has called...(them)...”.
Jesus spoke of a constant water supply for people who are spiritually thirsty. He stated: “The water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life”.
Like Hagar, it is important for people to desire God to “open” their spiritual eyes in order to see spiritually to accept Jesus Christ to partake of His “perpetual spring”.
Lord God, thank You for Your perpetual spring giving us eternal life. Help us to keep praying for others who are wandering in the wilderness, and are spiritually thirsty. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington