Hagar and Ishmael were sent away due to Sarah’s envy. They were suddenly cut off and forced to go out on their own. Abraham gave them a starter kit. Then, when those provisions were exhausted, God provided the water, and trained Ishmael to be a skilled hunter. They were able to become self-sufficient. Ishmael was able to be a forefather a great nation of many people.
Questions for further thought:
1. In your adult life, have you ever been forced to rely on someone else to provide for your needs? How did you feel?
2. Is there someone you know that is in need? How can you help them?
Challenge: Many people in our community need physical, social or mental assistance. Caring for these individuals and families can open pathways to share the Gospel. Plan a way to help those in need and follow the Holy Spirit as seeds are planted.
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