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“Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”

Genesis 21:18 (NASB)

There is need of help then there is heartbreaking need of not just help, but rescuing. In our daily lives we face mild needs for provision in some area of our life, but there are those whose need is beyond mere things – it is a matter of life or death. In the last couple of years Covid has brought death and suffering to many people on a scale we would never have thought possible previously. I and my family have faced the prospect of my possible death from a brain tumour in the past; such trials certainly put a different perspective on life. Hagar and her son Ishmael were in such a desperate plight in Genesis 21; one that threatened their life.

The story of Hagar and her son is a heart rending one of a mother in a terrible situation amidst the wilderness; death was not far away. As I read her story I became aware that here was a type of the saved child of God in desperate need. Hagar cried but it was the cry of the lad which brought God to the rescue – the lad was a son and heir of Abraham. He was a child under Divine protection; through the shed blood of Jesus our Lord and Saviour we are also children of God, heirs under Divine protection. God heard the cries of young Ishmael; He will also hear our cries in the prayer of anguish. Almighty God had plans for Ishmael, to help him grow and prosper – He has plans to help  us to grow and prosper as His children if we seek and follow Him.

Dear reader, are you facing life altering or even life threatening trials right now? Call out, indeed cry to your Father God: He will hear you in the wilderness and come to your rescue just at the right time. Your Father God has plans for you, he is not finished with you yet!  

20 thoughts on “A Cry In The Wilderness

  1. Thank you Alan. The song is beautiful. God surely has AN ONGOING plan and purpose for us ALL,
    The story of Ishmael and all his descendants in our world today. ALL…….part of the vast gentile world including Islamic strongholds like Saudi Arabia all in the fullness of God’s Time will come to accept the Cross and Christ’s sacrifice and then will the scales come off the eyes of Israel and they too will be saved by the blood of the LAMB, All will KNOW Messiah came. REDEMPTION God so loved THE WORLD,

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  2. Started reading your blog a couple of months ago as it was close to what I wanted to write (almost there now the technical side was not my strong point) and I want to say what a blessing it’s been. I’ve forwarded todays to my newly born again discipleship group – aka my daughters. Loved the song too. Every blessing to you and the brothers and sisters north of the border 🙂

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    1. Hello dear sister! Thank you for getting in touch via the comments; it is always such a blessing to hear from my readers. I would urge you not to give up on your writing, and serving God. Surrender your talent and dreams to Him in prayer, and He will guide you. If there is anything I can help you with let me know, either here or via email (found in my blog about/contact page). I will pray for you and your daughters in the Lord today. May you know the blessings of His presence and provisions each day. Amen.

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      1. Just to say, Mr. Kearns, how much I was blessed by your kindness to our sister. If the Lord invites any of His beloved servants to write, the invitation and the gifts He gives them to employ their faithfilled, yes, to take up the writing for His glory must be surrendered to Him. Some of His people may only write for an audience of One or He may bring along some He wishes to encourage through the unique gift He has bestowed. Either way, we all bow to His magnificence as we do all as unto His Beloved Son. Thank you again for expressing your kindness in such a godly way. Laure from Larkenel

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      2. Thank you for your words of encouragement, let us all as children of Almighty God serve Him, giving Him the glory in all things. May He guide your steps and bless many in your service.

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    1. The way I see it Jim these trials are part of my training, so that I can serve Him better with some knowledge. I thank God for His hand in my life, and allowing me to serve Him in my own small way. God is Good!

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    1. I really love the song too Beth, it was a recent find. Indeed what often happens is I write the post, and pop over to youtube where a song is highlighted by the Holy Spirit – it never fails to amaze me.

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  3. Amen. Lovely words. Just lovely!

    and yes, cry out to God – He cares for our wherever we are at; however weak or strong we feel – He is there ready for us to help us, guide us, strengthen us, mourn with us, cry with us…..

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