“And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? FEAR NOT; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.” ~ Genesis 21:17
FEAR NOT: God Hears our Cries
Hagar and her son Ishmael were outcasts. Hagar was a slave who had lost her usefulness. Ishmael, her son was seen as a threat to Isaac’s (the son of Abraham and Sarah) inheritance and was no longer wanted around.
They both were the products of disobedience: Sarah was given Hagar when she went with Abraham to Egypt, which was not where God had directed him. And Ishmael was born when Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to produce an heir; this, again, was directly opposite from what God had told them to do.
Now the illegitimate mother with her illegitimate child were cast out from their home, left to fend for themselves and they were starving in the desert, about to perish.
BUT God heard Ishmael’s cry and He heard Hagar’s plea.
Many of us find ourselves, like Hagar and Ishmael, a victim of circumstances beyond our control. We may be orphans, or children born to abusive/uncaring parents. Maybe we have been abandoned by a spouse. Maybe we are just misfits that find it hard to flow with the crowd at school: we’re just not cool. Maybe we are immigrants struggling in a new land/culture. Maybe we have been laid-off from our jobs.
Whatever the reason that we find ourselves in the wilderness facing (what seems like) certain death, KNOW this: The LORD hears your cry for help! FEAR NOT! Everyone else may have gone, but God hasn’t stopped loving us: God still cares. God has heard your cry: FEAR NOT!
Unbeknownst to Hagar, there was a well nearby and that well would sustain her and her son until their situation improves. Likewise, unknown to us, God has already put in place a plan to help us through our stay in the wilderness, until He is ready to lead us out of it.
Also, God had promised Abraham that his offspring would be great. Abraham had failed to obey God (hence the birth of Ishmael), but God still kept His promise. God keeps His promises: He will keep His promise to His Son Jesus even when we mess up. Philippians 1:6 assures us that God sustains the Believer to the end.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” ~ Philippians 1:6
God has promised never to leave or forsake us. So even when things are dim, when we find ourselves in the wilderness, God WILL keep His promise to stand by us, to see us through (Isaiah 43:1-3) our greatest challenges, FEAR NOT!!!
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.