Everyone come to Me

In Genesis 21:17-1917, God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from Heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 19 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. We read about the experience of Hagar, servant of Abraham’s wife, Sarah. When Sarah gave birth to the promised child, Isaac, Sarah asked Abraham to send out Hagar and her son, whom she considered a threat to inheritance. Even though Abraham was heartbroken in having to send his firstborn son, he sent Hagar and Ishmael out into the desert. Hagar walked on with her son and reached the desert of Beersheba. The water in the skin was finished. Seeing her child crying for water in thirst, she placed him under one of the bushes. Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, unable to see him die before her own eyes. The ever-compassionate and loving Lord saw and heard the pain of both the mother and the son.

Genesis 21:19, 19 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. Here we see that Hagar WENT to the well to supply water. This word may seem trivial and has not been discussed much-WENT. Was it impossible for the mighty Lord to open a well near where the boy lay or where Hagar was sitting and crying??? Definitely, It was possible for Him. It was the Lord’s will that Hagar would get up and go to the well to fill water. Similarly, it is Lord’s will that, like Hagar, we reach out to the well that the Lord provides in our lives and make an effort. It is the calling of the Lord, Everyone comes to Me.

Let’s remember when Father Abraham went to Mount Moria with Isaac for the sacrifice. There too, we see the miracle of the Lord. A voice came from Heaven saying not to harm the child. When father Abraham looked up and heard the voice, he saw a lamb stuck nearby in a thorny bush. We can ask the same question: Was it not possible for the Lord to provide the lamb right at the sacrificial altar where Isaac lay?? The answer is the same: Yes, It can be done by the Lord. In saving Isaac, Lord wanted Abraham’s effort to be there. Abraham WENT to the bushes and took the lamb for the sacrifice to the Lord.

In the book of 2 Kings, we read about Naaman. A servant girl captured from Israel was serving Naaman’s wife. The servant girl told the wife that Naaman could be cured of leprosy if he went to see the great prophet, Elisha. Naaman WENT  to see his master talk about the same. As the army commander, he expected a grand welcome from the prophet. Instead, 2 Kings 5:11, 11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. Naaman was highly drunk on his position and stature in society. When the prophet Elisha did not give him a grand welcome he had expected, Naaman was furious and was about to leave. The prophet Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored, and you will be cleansed.” Naaman considered this to be an insult and trivial for him to do. Like Naaman, we, too, sometimes forget the sight of our Lord’s calling in our pride and race for power. How we react to the Lord’s calling is a deciding factor in how the grace of God falls upon us. The Lord’s calling is not based on our position in this world. It is purely the grace of God. Those who do not falter and rush to Him when He calls will always receive the grace and gifts He has to bestow.

Zaccheus wanted to see Lord Jesus. Being of short stature, he climbed a sycamore tree to have a glimpse of the Lord. He was content in having seen Jesus. But the Lord decided it was not enough for him to have a stolen glance. Jesus looked up and called out to Zaccheus, asking him to come down as He would spend time with him in his house. Zaccheus came down immediately and welcomed Jesus into his home. Zaccheus was not willing to sit and count his shortcomings as a sinner. Instead, he climbed down immediately when the Lord called. This proved to be a turning point in the life of Zaccheus, and he had a change of heart and received salvation.

From the abovementioned instances, we can clearly understand how we react to the Lord’s call is highly important. Like Hagar and Abraham, without a second thought, we can run and receive the grace of God; like Naaman, drunk in the power and pride, we can ignore the gift coming our way, or like Zaccheus, desirous of look, we can receive a grace 100 fold more than we expect and become a child of God. The only thing is the decision to hear the Lord’s calling and receive His grace is ours. Think hard. The opportunities given by God do not come knocking twice on our doors.

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