God Sees The Discarded

As Genesis chapter 21 opens, the spotlight is firmly planted on God, fulfilling his promise to Abraham and Sarah. Verse 1-7 states, "The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age. At the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me. And she said, who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age." We can trust God as Sarah did because He keeps His promises. It's no wonder that Sarah was content to keep silent as Abraham fudged the truth in chapter 20. As the story continues, a celebration for Isaac is at hand, but Sarah notices that Ishmael is laughing during the celebration (vs. 8-9).

Sarah made a radical move by telling Abraham to get rid of Hagar and Ishmael. Sarah's request was a difficult one for Abraham (v11). God stepped in verses 12-13. It states, "But God said to Abraham, be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she says, for through Isaac shall your offspring be name. And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also because he is your offspring." Abraham being the father of faith, did not disappoint. He obeyed God (v14).

Let me encourage you today that even if a chapter in your life ends abruptly, or you feel used and discarded for any reason, remember the God that Haggar called the God who sees in Genesis Chapter 16:13 is in your corner. As Haggar and Ishmael begin a separate journey, we see God's omnipresence as He walks with them and stays close to Abraham and Sarah. As the story continues, we see a summary of Haggar's and Ishmaels' life and a treaty between Abraham and Abimelech. Please read the entire chapter. Do not miss this. God keeps His promises. You can count on it.

Remember, God loves you, and so do I.

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