Do you feel alone, rejected, and misunderstood? With nowhere to turn? Like even God has left you?
When Abraham sent away Hagar and Ishmael, they wandered in the desert. Aimlessly. With a canteen of water and some food that soon ran out. Now what?
As their bodies dehydrated, they became weak and lethargic. Hagar couldn’t bear seeing her son die, so she hid him under one of the bushes and distanced herself. She sat down and sobbed. Doesn’t anyone care?
Then an angel called to Hagar, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.”
Hagar was physically weak from lack of water and spiritually devastated of hope. But God graciously reminded her that He hears. And He lifted her head and opened her eyes to see a well, and hope surged through her soul. She got up, filled her water skin, and gave her son a drink.
While man-made wells can and do run dry, the well of Jesus’ love is bottomless and will never, ever run dry. It’s available to each of us, waiting for us to drink freely from it. It’s full to overflowing of:
Yearning love that “longs to be gracious” to us.
Selfless, sacrificial, and redeeming love that came down to become “an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Unconditional, nonjudgmental, and freeing love that holds “no condemnation” for those who believe in Him.
Replenishing, restoring love that says to those whose hope has dried up, “I will put breath in you, and you will come to life.”
Healing love that heals our broken hearts and binds up our wounds.
Compassionate, understanding love that “empathizes with our weaknesses.”
Never-abandoning love that says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Unfailing love that reaches to the heavens and is priceless.
Sometimes our grief-blinded eyes and our pain-crushed hearts can focus only on the pit of our misery rather than the hope God places right in front of us. The hope that He sees and hears us always. The hope that His love is faithful and will never reject us.
If you are having a difficult time, may Jesus hold you up and strengthen you. May He lift you and carry you when you can’t go any further. May He each morning not only open our eyes to His never-emptying well of love, but also empower us to drink from it.
“But whoever drinks of the water
that I will give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I will give him
will become in him a well of water
springing up to eternal life.”
God Loves You
by Jaci Velasquez
It`s yours to hold,
Be still and know that
Even when you`re lost and lonely,
And hope is gone, you`re not alone.
There`s a hand that leads,
If you believe.
Remember God loves you.”