Fearless Friday ~ Gaining Strength from Scripture in the Midst of Fear
God Is Listening!
I LOVE this verse!
Elohim is the Hebrew word translated as “God” all three times in this verse. Elohim is the second most common Hebrew word used, behind Yahweh. It means: “God, Judge, Creator”. The Ruler over all, the Judge over all, the Creator of ALL things heard the voice of this young man crying out in the wilderness!
The Road to The Wilderness!
Let’s back up and discover what Hagar and this young boy, who we know from Genesis 16:11 is named Ishmael, are doing in the wilderness. In brief, God called Abraham and blessed his name, promising to establish a great nation from him and his offspring (Genesis 12:1-7). Abraham questioned the Lord about remaining childless in Genesis 15:2 and the Lord affirmed that he would have a son. Around 10 years after the first promise and still childless, Sarah convinced Abraham to father a son through her servant Hagar: that son was Ishmael.
God then reaffirmed that it will indeed be a son born to Abraham and Sarah that will be the covenant child (Genesis 17:19) and Isaac is born (Chapter 21). When the day came to celebrate Isaac’s weaning, his older half brother Ishmael was seen to be mocking Isaac (Genesis 21:9) ~ perhaps boasting that he was the oldest. Sarah was displeased and told Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away. God then reassured Abraham that he should listen to his wife and that He would protect the boy.
So…it was in part Ishmael’s mocking behavior that landed him in trouble. Oh, how often my mouth has landed me in trouble. Thankfully I haven’t been cast out of my home for it, but that doesn’t make me any different. So often our behavior, our choices, the circumstances of our lives leave us feeling like we are in an emotional wilderness. Oftentimes it is circumstances out of our control that result in finding ourselves in that wilderness.
What Hagar and Ishmael didn’t have available to them was the manuscript of God’s conversation with Abraham in which God promises that He will make Ishmael into a nation (v13). Scripture doesn’t say whether or not Abraham sent Hagar on her way with this affirmation or not, but clearly for this to happen, he would have to live to father children.
Sweet friend, we have THE manuscript of all God’s promises available to us in the Bible. When you doubt and feel afraid; when you feel like He doesn’t hear you; when all seems hopeless and you feel like giving up; REMEMBER:“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 HCSB “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14 HCSB “He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry for help and saves them.” Psalm 145:19 HCSB “Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust Him and not be afraid, for Yah, the LORD, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 HCSB “The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:18 HCSB
God is Listening!
No matter where you are today. No matter what your circumstances are today. No matter the wilderness that you feel like you are in. Take comfort from Genesis 21:17 that, just as He heard the voice of Ishmael right where he was, God hears your voice right where you are ~ physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Cry out to Him today.
God is Listening! Cry out to Him!
Trust that He hears you and have a Fearless Friday!
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