“The angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.’”Genesis 21:17
Suffering comes unbidden in some way at some point to all of us. Though the sorrows from war, famine, or natural disasters may not directly touch us, there are plenty of times that the choices of others around us do deeply affect our everyday lives.
Hagar’s life is a prime example of that. As a slave she was forced to bear a child without the covering of marriage. Later she was abandoned with her son and given only minimal provisions. When those were gone, she desperately called out to God. He heard her cry.
This biblical account from thousands of years ago strikes a chord with many people today who have been abandoned in some way—perhaps by a spouse or by a parent or by a friend. I have seen others find the comfort that Jesus promises His followers. I’ve watched Him provide financially. I’ve witnessed faith tested and made stronger. God is touched by your burdens. If you are bearing the sorrow of feeling abandoned, cry out to Jesus, the ever-faithful One who hears your cry and answers with His faithful provision.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)