What to do when We Cannot See Our Way out of a Mess

“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the waterskin and gave a drink to the lad.” (Genesis 21:19)   Sometimes people look at this passage and wonder at how Hagar could not have seen a well nearby. There are two elements we need to keep in… Read More

Trusting God in Spite of the Things that May Seem Evil to Us

“And the words were very evil in the eyes of Abraham on account of his son.” (Genesis 21:11)   In the context, Sarah has seen the ridicule that is coming from Hagar and Ishmael and asks Abraham to cast out both from his household. Ultimately, the promise is to be through Isaac, not Ishmael, and… Read More

The Great Nation of Ishmael

“And unto Ishmael, I have heard you, so behold, I will bless him and will cause him to bear fruit and I will make him exceedingly great. He will bear twelve princes and I will give to him a great nation.” (Genesis 17:20) Because of God’s promise to Abraham, God blesses Abraham’s firstborn and allows… Read More