Genesis 21:17 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.
A rivalry rose between Sarah, the mother of Isaac, and Hagar her maidservant. Sarah had previously given Hagar to Abraham to conceive a child (Ishmael) with in an attempt to fulfill the promise of God on their own before she supernaturally became pregnant a few years later. The contention grew when Sarah caught 15 year old Ishmael, making fun of Isaac. This ultimately led to Abraham giving some food and water to Hagar and Ishmael and sending them away. The two wandered in the desert until their water ran out and their morale weaned. Fearing the end was near for her son and herself, Hagar left Ishmael lying under a shrub in the desert while she went a short distance away so she wouldn’t have to see him die. It’s not recorded whether the teenager called out to God in prayer or merely groaned with agony caused by the heat exhaustion and dehydration he suffered. No matter the case, God heard Ishmael.
Although Ishmael was not the son God promised to Abraham and Sarah, he was still a descendant of Abraham. As such, he had a promise from God. Genesis 13:16 “And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.” In addition, God spoke a specific Word concerning Ishmael to Hagar before he was even born. Genesis 16:10-11 “Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” And the Angel of the LORD said to her: “Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has heard your affliction.” When God heard the voice of Ishmael, He quickly moved on the basis of His Word and told Hagar to FEAR NOT. God opened the eyes of Hagar to see a well where she could get the water to refresh herself and Ishmael, who did indeed go on to become a great nation.
You may feel rejected by family or like a social outcast. You may feel like you are wandering in the desert and nobody cares or can even hear your cries for help. You may fear like your circumstance is about to overtake you, but FEAR NOT. One Word, one promise from God is all you need to be refreshed and move forward into all He has for you. If you haven’t made Jesus your Lord, the greatest promise of all awaits for you (Romans 10:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.