Genesis – In the Beginning
By Carri Pratt
“Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.”” Genesis 21:17
What an utterly hopeless feeling it must be to give up so completely that you are actually willing to allow your child to perish. This passage is a perfect reminder to fully trust in God’s promises and faithfulness.
First, there is Sarah, who God had promised the gift of a son. Then, there is Hagar, who had her life being directed by others around her. Both of these women failed to trust in God’s faithfulness.
Sometimes life seems so difficult it would be easier to simply give up. However, that would simply be a temporary escape. The challenges are still there waiting. So where should one turn for relief? “You hear my plea: Do not ignore my cry for relief.” Lamentations 3:56 “All humanity will come to You, the One who hears prayer.” Psalm 65:2. God is who we should turn to in all things.
God is faithful to us and is patiently waiting to be asked for His assistance. Habakkuk 2:4 says, “the righteous will live by his faith.” So, what is faith? Hebrews 11:1 reveals true faith, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
God loves His children and desires the best life possible for them. He also expects faithfulness and love. As children of the King of Kings, we should love and honor Him, have faith in Him, and run directly to His throne for everything.
A practical way to do this is to reflect on your past experiences and consider how God has helped you to overcome. Know that He protects you, “For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12.
God is so good!
Challenge: Look at your life for a moment and ask yourself, “Am I trusting that God can protect and provide for me? Am I living by faith?”