"Cries to the Lord'
“Cries to the Lord”
Hagar had been sent out from the house of Abraham.
The conflict between Hagar and Sarah had grown…for years.
Ishmael had mocked Isaac at the later’s weaning feast.
Enough was enough.
The Lord told Abraham to obey the voice of his wife.
Therefore, Hagar and Ishmael were sent into the wilderness with bread and water.
Read what happens next…
So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away.
And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.
When the water in the skin was used up, she left the boy under one of the bushes.
Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, “Do not let me see the boy die.” And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.
God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar?
Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.
“Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”
Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water;
and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.
God was with the lad, and he grew; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer.
Hagar and Ishmael thought they were to die…even though she had already been told by God that many descendants would come.
Hagar cried to the Lord.
The lad cried, I believe unto the Lord.
He was not an infant/toddler/child. He was 15 years old or so.
The Lord heard the cry of Ishmael.
The Angel of the Lord spoke to Hagar…from heaven.
Love the dialogue!
“What is the matter…?”
“Do not fear!”
“God has heard the voice of the lad…”
“Lift up the lad”
“Hold him by the hand”
“I will make a great nation of him”
In the worse of times the Lord does the same for us.
We are never abandoned.
He will honor His Word.
He will open our eyes…as He did Hagar’s.
She saw a well of water and received sustenance.
We have the Well of Water dwelling within us as true believers.
Grow in His grace and mercy.
Be a mighty Warrior for the Lord.