A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, April 9, 2014
“Then God opened her [Hagar’s] eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.” – Genesis 21:19
Allow me to set the scene for you: Hagar, the Egyptian maidservant to Abraham and Sarah, has just been banished to the desert by Abraham’s wife, along with her 16 year old son, Ishmael. Abraham reluctantly agreed to it because the Lord had confirmed his wife’s directive; and assured Abraham, by His covenant, that He would take care of Ishmael.
We meet Hagar and Ishmael here, at the point where Ishmael is near death because they had both run out of their water supply. Genesis 21:15-19 testifies of this account: “When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, ‘I cannot watch the boy die.’ And as she sat there, she began to sob. 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. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.’ Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.”
It is astounding to note that, although Hagar was sobbing, God indicated twice that He heard the boy crying. It is also deeply significant that neither Hagar nor God refer to Ishmael by name, but rather as “the lad,” or “the boy.” We must save these hidden truths for another day, the appointed day, and focus on what the Lord has revealed for us this day, which is the opening of our eyes—first spiritually, so we can see the proper perspective in the natural world. Every thing originates in the spiritual realm; and we must know how to agree with Heaven, so we can call those things forth to manifest in our natural world (John 1:1-5, John 16:13, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:20). I pray that your spirit is saturated by the ancient anointing coming forth from this encounter; for this truly is a Theophany (a visible manifestation of God Almighty).
When you pray to the Lord, do you ask Him to open your eyes, my brother? When you cry out to your Father, do you beckon to see the One Who sees you, my sister (Genesis 16:13)? Do you, like the prophet Elisha, come into agreement with Heaven concerning your spiritual eyes being opened (2 Kings 6:17, Acts 9:18, Ephesians 1:18)?
Note that the Lord opened Hagar’s eyes because she cried out for her son and not for herself. The Lord heard the boy’s cries because his mother was interceding for him. Intercession is a powerful weapon of warfare, family. God certainly will open our eyes on behalf of our own needs; but how much more profound, powerful, and beautiful is our Theophany when the Lord opens our eyes because we are crying out for another?
Let us look, with both our spiritual and natural eyes at what transpired here: Hagar’s sobs brought forth the manifestation of Ishmael’s need being met by causing God to act on the boy’s cries. God assured this precious mother that He was not only with her and her child, but that He was also taking care of them. The great Comforter (Ha-Melitz) and Provider (Jehovah Jireh) revealed to her the provision for the need; and she in turn gave it to her son. As Apostle Dr. Pernell Hewing once stated with great revelation, “God will reveal the hidden things—these are things that are not hidden from us, but hidden for us.”
The Lord our God commands us in His Word to “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). He will reveal the deep hidden things (Daniel 2:22).
Are you tired of not being able to see what is right in front of you, my brother? Getting worn out from trying to figure things out, my sister? Then uncap your well of provision by coming to the place where seeing is believing, because when you finally see the One Who sees you, everything becomes crystal clear.
Father, we need an encounter with You like Hagar had. We cry out for a Divine Visitation, a Theophany! Help us, Holy God, to experience You, and to see You in a brand new way. Enlighten the eyes of our understanding! Like Saul, cause the scales to fall off of our spiritual eyes (Acts 9:18). Help us to not only cry out for ourselves, but to cry out for others. Put precious souls on our hearts for whom we should intercede. In Jesus Name, we thank You for anointing our eyes with Your eyes.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to look for those things that God has hidden just for you each day. Determine to stay focused on the Father’s vision by forsaking the distorted view of the world. And continue to fight the good fight of seeing with your spiritual eyes; for God, your Divine View, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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