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