Sing with me
We give you all the glory,
We give you honour
We give you all the glory
We give you honour.
Praise God, Hallelujah
Praise God, Amen
Praise God, Hallelujah
Praise God, Amen.
Let’s begin to appreciate God for sparing our lives to see yet another beautiful day in the land of the living.
Thank you Lord God in Jesus name we pray.
Brethren, you are welcome to today’s edition of Arise, Shine.
The topic is Open my eyes oh Lord.
Text is taken from *Genesis 21:15-19.*
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 bowshot: 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.*
Hagar and her son, Ismael, having been sent out by Abraham at the insistence of Sarah became distressed.
Their provisions of bread and a bottle of water were spent, and Ishmael became sick.
He that used to be fully fed in Abraham’s house, where he waxed fat and kicked, now fainted and sunk, when he was brought to short allowance.
His mother, Hagar was in tears, and sufficiently mortified. Now she wishes for the crumbs she had wasted and made light of at her master’s table. Like one under the power of the spirit of bondage, she despairs of relief, counts upon nothing but the death of the child (Genesis 21:15,16). She had forgotten what God had told her, before Ishmael was born, that he should live to be a man, a great man.
So many of us are apt to forget God’s promises, whenever we found ourselves in a precarious situation that
seems to contradict God’s promises. This is because we live by sense.
In their distress, God graciously appeared for their relief: he heard the voice of the lad, Genesis 21:17. We read not of a word he said but his sighs, and groans, and calamitous state, cried aloud in the ears of mercy. An angel was sent to comfort Hagar with palliatives
God’s visit to comfort Hagar the bond woman with her son shows His readiness to help us His children, whenever we are in trouble.
God directed her to a present supply (Genesis 21:19): *He opened her eyes* (which were swollen and almost blinded with weeping), and then she saw a well of water.
If Hagar had been submissive to her Oga Sarah, she would not have been sent packing.
Many that have reason enough to be comforted go mourning from day to day, because they do not *see* the reason they have for comfort.
There is a well of water by them in the covenant of grace, but they are not aware of it. They have not the benefit of it, till the same God that opened their eyes to see their wound opens them to see their remedy,
So many of us are spiritually blind that even inside the Church, we sit side by side with our divine helpers but cannot see him.
There are Youths of marriage able age that couldn’t see their spouses, even in the Church because of spiritual blindness and they went out of the fold to marry unbelievers, thinking they can convert them.
If Samson had not been blind, he would not have had anything to do with Delilah, thought less of sleeping on her delicate laps which eventually cost him the anointing of God upon his life.
May the Lord God open our eyes today in Jesus name.
Let’s sing this hymn as we round up:
Open my eyes oh Lord,
Open my eyes oh Lord.
Open my eyes oh Lord
I am ready to obey.
1. Thank God that you are alive today and well.
2. Let’s ask God for mercy. In his mercy he should forgive us for our disobedience.
3. Father, open my eyes to enable me see the well water that will quench my thirst (mention that good thing you are thirst for) in Jesus name.
4. Thank you Jesus for the answer prayers
Good morning brethren and have a wonderful day ahead.