And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” 7 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.
Both Abraham and Sarah were grateful to The LORD and expressed their thankfulness appropriately. But Hagar whose son Ishmael was now 14 years old wasn’t so happy. She laughed but it wasn’t a laughter of joy or happiness it was the bitter laugh of derision. When Isaac was weaned Abraham had a feast to celebrate his young son. And Hagar didn’t hide her disdain any longer. Sarah had had enough of it. She told Abraham to send the slave woman and her son away. But Abraham wasn’t overly keen on sending his eldest son away. The LORD spoke to Abraham in verses 12-13,
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 tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.
So Abraham gave them a skin of water and some bread and sent the woman and young man away. Hagar and Ishmael wandered in the wilderness. I have to wonder why they didn’t go to a town. Why didn’t Hagar find a place and ask to live there? I think she had given up. She didn’t remember what God had said to her all those years ago when He told her about who her son would be and she called Him God Who Sees Me. She had lost all hope. When the water ran out. She set her son (about 16 years old now) under a tree and went to a place a few hundred feet away so that she wouldn’t have to watch him die. She was in utter despair.
But God hadn’t changed. He was still the God Who Sees, and He heard the prayers of Ishmael. He spoke to Hagar. Verses 17-21 read,
And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
God doesn’t change. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8). In fact, verse 33 of this chapter reads,
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.
If he told you something last week, last year, or last decade, it has not changed. He doesn’t change. He is sovereign. He is Almighty. He is The LORD. He is Our Healer, Our Peace, Our Rock, Our Salvation, Our King, and Our Provider. He is Sufficient. He is our All in All. He loves you. He knows you. He sees you. He cares.
If you feel hopeless, if you have forgotten what He has said and done for you, call out to Him. Let Him be who He is. Let Him be your God.