The child’s mother cried and wailed unto God for His salvation and God did nothing. But once the child of covenant wept, God jumped into action.
That’s the summary of the powerful thing that happened in the wilderness when Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, ran out of water and left Ishmael to die. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, had told Abraham to kick Hagar and her son out of their house, so Abraham sent them away with some water supply, which eventually ran out as they journeyed through the wilderness. We read in Genesis 21:15-20:
” And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.” (KJV)
Hagar knew that they had run out of water, so she told her child to wait in one place, and went far away from him because she did not want to watch him die of thirst. So from the time she left the boy, she started to weep and wail. BUT GOD IGNORED ALL OF HER CRYING AND WAILING, and it wasn’t until Ishmael himself started to cry that God intervened! Why? Because that’s who God had a covenant with! God had made a covenant of blessing with Abraham, that He would bless Isaac and Ishmael and make great nations out of them both. For this reason, God’s watchful eye was upon Ishmael, so that whenever Ishmael was in need of help, God provided that help!
Here’s the powerful thing to understand here: There was a considerable time gap between the time when Hagar started to weep and wail, and the time when Ishmael began to weep as well. When Hagar left the boy, she must have told him to wait for her for a little bit, and that she was going to be right back. So the child believed her like all children do, and started to wait patiently. So it would be after some time that Ishmael would begin to worry that his mom was taking too long to get back to him, and it probably wasn’t until the sun started going down that the lad would become scared and start weeping. So there we had Hagar who had been wailing since the time when she left the boy, and God ignored all that wailing, but the minute the boy began to weep for his mother – after many hours during which the mother had been wailing – God heard him and had one of His angels intervene.
Brethren, if this doesn’t convince you that you need to be in a covenant with God, I wonder what could! God is a God of covenants! That’s how He operates! He wants us to surrender ourselves – everything about us – unto His care, like Abraham did. WHEN YOU DO THAT, GOD ESTABLISHES A COVENANT WITH YOU WHEREBY YOU BECOME GOD’S RESPONSIBILITY! If you submit yourself to Him, you submit yourself to His care, protection, provision, support, help, blessings, empowerment, favor, grace (unmerited favor), joy, peace, etc.! Everyone around you might be crying for something, but it’s your cry that God will hear because You have submitted yourself to his care! Famines and pestilence may kill people around you, but God will see that you live thru them all! A thousand may fall at your right side, and ten thousand at your left, but you will live to declare the goodness of God!
Best of all, like Abraham, you will be a true representative of God-Most-High in this world! Because of the ways in which God intervened on Abraham’s behalf, the people around Abraham saw the might of his God and declared it (see Genesis 21:22-23)! The world awaits your manifestation as a covenant child of God-Most-High! So get into a covenant with God, that He might be able to do His mighty works in your life, to His glory!