Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 22, 2016

Victory Beyond The Tears

mar 22“….and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; 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 21:17b & 19 (NIV)

Many of us may have experienced times when it seems like there is no way out. We may have even wondered where God was in the midst of our circumstances. A season of perhaps, asking why? A season of seeing no victory in sight. And then the tears come. Oftentimes they comfort us, but many times they depress us even more.

In this story, Sarah can’t bear children so she looks to her handmaiden Hagar to fulfill that duty for her. Hagar gives birth to Ishmael, and Sarah despises her and tells her to flee with her child. One can only imagine how Hagar is feeling. She is “put out” with her young child into the wilderness, with no one to turn to and into what seems to be a hopeless situation.

As she enters the wilderness of her life, their water supply is diminished. Hagar and her son prepare to die. She sits and begins to weep; she and her son crying. God hears them as He also hears us when we cry out to Him. He comforts Hagar and tells her not to be afraid (v.17). 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. (vs.19).
God opened her eyes and she saw the well of water! She needed to lift up her head, open her tear soaked eyes and see the Victory beyond her tears.

“Dear Father, help us to know that in our times of distress, when we cry out to You, that You hear us. Please help us not to wallow in our tears or sorrow, but to lift up our heads and open our eyes so that we can see in the Victory Beyond the Tears.”

For His Glory

Cynthia J. McCoy
TRBC Women’s Life

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