Sometimes the Lord hides things in order to reveal what He wants us to see. Here are two incidents of this in Genesis 21 & 22.
Hagar was sent away with Ishmael. Genesis 21:15 says that the water was all used up. She placed Ishmael under one of the shrubs. Verse 16 says, “…Let me not see the death of the boy. So she sat opposite of him, and lifted her voice and wept.”
Verse 17 says, “And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.”
I’ve always wondered about this scene. Ishmael was probably 14. God heard Ishmael’s voice, but there was no mention of Hagar’s voice. Verse 18 described how frail Ishmael was. It says, “Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand…”
I love verse 19. The well was there all along, but she never saw it. She was near living water and yet they were both drying from thirst. Great application! How many right now are dying in the world? The well of salvation is right beside them, but they are not drinking of His living water.
Verse 19 says, “Then God opened her eyes, and she saw the well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.”
The next scene is Abraham and Isaac. You can read it for yourself. Abraham was about to slay Isaac when the angel of the Lord stopped him. Genesis 22:13 says, “Then Abraham lifted his eyes and look, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.” It doesn’t say, but I believe the ram was there all along. God was testing Abraham’s heart’s loyalty to Him.
God the Father, offered Jesus Christ His Son for us so we could drink of His living water. O Father, I ask You to open eyes that are spiritually blind. Let them see Jesus, holding out His hands to be nailed on the cross for them.