God heard the voice of a child

In Genesis 21,

Hagar and her son were wandering in the Wilderness of Beersheba, dehydrated, emaciated, fearing for their lives. 

The Lord graciously came to their rescue and blessed them.

But it was not Hagar’s voice nor her desperate weeping that He heard. For He heard the voice of the lad. 

And God heard the voice of the lad. – Genesis 21:17

It was the child’s voice that touched the Lord’s heart….

Not Hagar’s.

Hagar had earlier demonstrated pride, in her despising of her mistress Sarah.

Although she had previously returned to serve Sarah and submit herself to her in Genesis 16, she may still have held bitterness in her heart. 

I suspect that Hagar’s heart was not yet clean. 

Matthew 6:15 reminds us that if we do not forgive others their transgressions He will not forgive us of ours.

For prayers to be heard by the Lord and quickly answered, we have to be like an innocent child. 

A heart that’s tender and pure will move His.

Warmest Shalom

Ahava Sarah Fischer

23 September 2021

GENESIS 21

17 And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? 

Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 

18 Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.”

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