“God Hears” By Kirk Hunt
And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.
Genesis 21:17 NKJV
Once again, Hagar encounters God in the trackless wilderness. This time, she and her 14-year old boy have been exiled permanently from Abraham’s household. Still, Jehovah Roi, the God who sees, is watching over her and the boy. God is so close, that He hears the boy crying.
Ishmael is the result of Sarah trying to fulfill God’s promise through human means. With Isaac’s birth, Ishmael became an inconvenience. Disinheritance and exile are harsh penalties for the ill-timed jeering of a 14-year old boy.
Sarah’s callous and calculating maneuver is not the final word. Ishmael, the son of a slave, remains a son of covenant. God delivers on His promised outcome for Ishmael, as well as Isaac.
Ishmael became a great nation in his own right. He and Isaac peaceably buried their father, Abraham, together. God’s covenant with Ishmael was never in doubt.
God’s covenant with you is never in doubt. Your current circumstance is never the final story. God watches and listens for you.
You are never alone. You are never uncared for. Do not let your feelings, confuse you about the facts.
Think: God sees and cares for me, no matter how my situation unfolds.
Pray: “Lord, You listen for my voice. I trust You to deliver Your promise to me.”
Copyright © August 2014, Kirk Hunt
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