14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Following the Lord’s instructions and Sarah’s wishes, the day after the feast, Abraham gave food and water to Hagar and sent her and her son away. The two wandered in the desert until they ran out of water.
How horrible this must have been for the mother. She thought her son would die and left his side so she would not see his death, but the Lord heard the crying of mother and son and called to Hagar with reassurance that her son would live and become a great nation. When she opened her eyes, she immediately saw a water well. The water saved her son’s life.
Not only did God save Hagar’s son’s life, he remained with the boy as he grew up.
Hagar must have rejoiced greatly at the miracle the Lord gave her. Some of us, having drunk the water the Lord provided, might have thought to ourselves, “The well was there all along. I was just too far gone to notice,” but surely Hagar understood the nature of her blessings and the nature of our Lord who keeps His promises.
The scripture here does not elaborate about the life Hagar and her son lived as he grew up in the desert, but it seems to me to be likely that their lives were not easy. Yet Hagar must have lived with a calm assurance that the Lord, who was there for her when her and her son faced death would keep her son safe to become the “great nation” He had promised.
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