Thirsting in the presence of water

This week’s post attempts to answer the question – are we truly seeing what is around us and what God has made available to us? The encouragement is taken from the story of Hagar in Genesis 21. Abraham had sent Hagar and Ishmael away with bread and water. Once this provision finished, the boy cried out to God:

God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. (Genesis 21:19)
What was near them was water which she could not see with her natural eyes. Many times we ask God for things but perhaps we need to ask Him to open our eyes to see what He has actually made available for us.

The same principle is illustrated in 2 Kings 6:17 when Elisha asked God to open the eyes of his servant. The context here is that they were surrounded by armies and chariots – in the natural, it was a hopeless situation.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Again, we are reminded of the story of Moses. When God asked what was in his hand, he stated that it was a stick, but it was more than that – it was the physical means of the liberation of the children of Israel. Moses used that rod to part the Red Sea.

It makes you realise that the supernatural is more available to us than we recognise. Could it be that there is so much that God wants to give or has already given us but the problem is our inability to see from a spiritual vantage point. Therefore I guess our prayer should be ‘Open my eyes Lord, so I can see more clearly’.

I pray that the Lord would open our spiritual eyes and understanding so we can see more clearly.

Until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed


About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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