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Nofiu Ridwan
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Hagar and her son Ishmael of about 17 years old wandered into the wilderness of Beer- Sheba after being sent away, Genesis 21:11-14. They had just a skin of water and bread with them. The water and bread soon finished and they were left with nothing except the clothes they wore, the empty skin for water and the sandals on their feet.

They were in the wilderness, a dry and weary land, a land with no spring of water, a land without big trees that could give shade from the scotching heat of the sun, a land full of wild animals. A land not inhabited by humans. They were alone in the open with no other clothes to change into, no food, no money, no water, no other human being to look to for help. They couldn’t go back to where they came from probably they had being warned never to come back. They couldn’t go further because doing so meant moving deeper into the wilderness, and into more danger. After going without food and water for days Ishmael was dying from hunger and thirst. He had become so famished, dehydrated and weak that the mother had to prop him up under one of the shrubs. With a heavy and broken heart she walked few yards away from him thinking the end had come for her beloved son Ishmael for she had said “let me not see the death of the child.” With a trembling heart full of fear for the life of her son she sat down and she wept! Genesis 14-16. What a terrible and hopeless situation!

Hagar had thought all was over for her and her son, she had resigned to fate. She had given up! However, it was not yet over! The God of heaven that sees everything, the One that hears even the faintest sigh of the heart, the help of the helpless, and hope of the hopeless intervened. Did the Scripture not say He would be gracious as soon as he hears your cry? Isaiah 30: 19. God saw their plight right there in the wilderness. He saw their tears and He heard their cries. He sent an angel to give her succor and assurance of His faithfulness to fulfill all He had promised her before now in Genesis 16: 11-12. Jehovah Jireh, the great provider opened her eyes and she saw a well of water she never saw before. He had miraculously provided a well of water just like the ram He miraculously provided for Abraham in place of Isaac. God had turned her crying to joy! So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. That water was full of all that nourishes the body, soul and spirit. God was with the boy right there in the wilderness as he grew up. God did not allow any harm to befall them despite dwelling in the wilderness full of dangers because He was their habitation day and night. God was with Him right there in the wilderness and helped him fulfill all his life’s destiny, Genesis 21: 17- 21.

Some times in life, we find ourselves in certain unpalatable situation we never ever envisage we could be. I am talking of situations that totally destabilizes us leaving us confused and not knowing what to do. Situation that totally demobilizes us where though the present place we are is not conducive yet leaving the place is not possible; moving forward is impossible, moving backward is risky and dangerous and moving to the right or to the left side is not easy too. I am talking of situations where you are left all alone with nothing, no shelter, no cloths, no food, no one to look to for any help and assistance. I am talking about situations when nothing seems to work and everyone and everything is against you. At such times the heart becomes weak, weary and discouraged and the temptation to give up is high. Yet, you must not give up, for your breakthrough is nearer you than you can imagine. God the ever present help in the time of trouble is nearby. Cry unto Him for help and He will answer you, Psalm 50:15: Psalm 34:15. Don’t lose hope for just when you think it is over, God sends you a miracle that will take care of all areas of your needs in a way you can never figure out. He is the miracle working God, the Alpha and Omega. God will take care of you, continue clinging onto Him.

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