Genesis 21:19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the waterskin and gave the boy a drink.

In Genesis 21 Hagar is sent packing. Sarah had enough of Ishmael and his mom so she told Abraham to get rid of them. God told Abraham to listen to his wife and so he sent Hagar and Ishmael away. Not long after they left Hagar’s provisions ran out and it seemed they were both about to die. In his anguish Ishmael cried out to God and heaven heard him.

In Ishmael’s eyes this probably seemed like a great injustice. He did not ask to be born into this family. Hagar did not ask to be Abraham’s slave and she did not ask to be Sarah’s surrogate. All this was forced on her and now because she was obedient, she and her son are about to die of thirst in the desert. This had to seem very unfair.

There is a great deal that happens in this life that seems unfair. One child is born into a family who happens to live in a war torn village in Syria and the child starves to death. Another child is born into a privileged home in New York City. This child never knows hunger or want for anything. What is fair about that? There is a great deal of unfairness in this world.

But the bible tells us that God hears our cry. He hears the cry of those who are treated unjustly and He responds to those who seek Him.

God responded to Ishmael’s cry and provided water for them. If you are facing injustice or you know of someone who is, understand that God hears your cry and He has the answer, there is a well of water near you. Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink”. God has given us a well from which we can drink if we will ask Him.


David Ball