"And I, if I be lifted up"

When, as recorded in the twenty-first chapter of Genesis, Hagar, the bondwoman, stepped forth, her child on her shoulder, into the wilderness, all that she took with her was some bread and a bottle of water.

She did not carry in her heart God's assurance, with which He had comforted Abraham, that all would be well. Her position, hitherto established on a basis of mortal values, had in one moment been swept away. Bereft of another's protection and understanding, which she had never made her own, what wonder that she found herself utterly unequipped to face and master the problem which confronted her? Only a conscious sense of divine Love's omnipresence, which led Jesus up of the spirit into the wilderness, is able to overcome the temptations of such an experience with Truth's supremacy.

Reflecting God
October 17, 1936

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