Supply Ever at Hand

In the twenty-first chapter of Genesis it is related that Hagar, when driven from home, wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba until her supply of water was spent, and then, in utter despair, cast her son Ishmael under a shrub, "and sat her down over against him a good way off, ... for she said, Let me not see the death of the child." Then the angel, or messenger of God, bade her fear not; "and God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she ... gave the lad drink."

Hagar's actual need, it will be observed, was not primarily water; for water in abundance was in fact at hand, in the very place where she had resigned herself to die of thirst. Her need was to have her eyes opened so that she could perceive the supply. When fear was quieted, bewilderment fled, and she saw the needlessness of despair.

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