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.” Genesis 21:17
What an awful moment! Hagar and her teenage son were stranded in the desert, without water, dying of dehydration. Hagar wept and said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy” (Genesis 21:16). She placed him under a shrub and cried. But the boy knew how to pray, and God heard the voice of the lad. In response, an angel spoke from heaven, saying, “What ails you, Hagar?” (verse 17)
If you’re down and out today, listen for the same message. What ails you? Is it too much for God? Are His angels unable to help you? Can the Lord not hear your voice where you are?
If the Lord can hear the parched voice of a praying teenager, He can certainly hear and respond to your needs. Through His love, we know we have a mighty Protector. He sends His angels to care and watch over us.
The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Saint Francis de Sales