Life can be trying at times. We believe that payday is coming in our heart. The prophecy has been declared over us. We’ve seen God’s goodness before in unexpected ways. The question lingers and we ask, “Is this as good as it gets?” We don’t want to seem greedy or ungrateful about what God has done in the past, so we wonder, “Will he answer me now? Does he hear my cry?”
Hagar was treated unfairly by Abraham and his wife, Sarah who was barren. Sarah talked him into having sex with her Egyptian maid, Hagar. Sarah later regretted it and told Abraham to cast her out of the household. Hagar and her son were sent out into the desert like Moses to die. Without water, they were facing certain death.
Hagar sobbed, but God didn’t intervene until Ishmael, which means, the Lord hath heard thy affliction cried out. Then God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw a well of water.” Why did God respond when he heard the boy cry? Perhaps Hagar’s bitterness prevented her prayer from being heard. It may be that God felt that Ishmael, the next generation should be given an opportunity to know the one true God who is not a respecter of person.
Fast forward 2,000 years, God still wants to do the same for the Jew, Gentile, those of a different race, gender, or nationality. Often, we think we have to qualify in order to be heard. We simply need to cry out. His promise is to give us living water. His word says that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. I dare you to try him!