Genesis 17: 18-22
18. And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!” 19. But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20.As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.” 22. When He finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
God Answers Abraham
Abraham prayed for his son Ishmael. It was his heart’s desire that Ishmael may live before the Lord; but the answer he received wasn’t exactly what he was looking for. It was God’s plan to establish his covenant with Isaac, who wasn’t even born yet. However, He did not forget Ishmael. God allowed Abraham to know that He had heard his prayer, and He remembered him by blessing Ishmael. God promised Abraham that he would:
1. Bless Ishmael
2. Make Ishmael fruitful
3. Multiply him exceedingly.
God Answers Prayer
God answers our prayers even if the answer isn’t the one we were looking for. Except His answer because He knows his plans for us. He tells us in Jeremiah that He knew us even before conception. The above verses let us know that God does hear our prayers and He loves us. We need to recognize that He is answering us even when the answer isn’t what we had hoped for. We need to TRUST HIM even when the answer isn’t what we hoped for, because Scripture tells us that we can’t always tell the difference in a blessing and a curse. He just may be protecting us from something that we know nothing about.
It is my prayer for you all, that God’s will be done in each life that reads this blog. I pray that He will impart His wisdom and knowledge to you and that He will protect you from unseen harm. May this blog always be a source of encouragement and light in a world of darkness. Amen.