Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 11, 2022

“My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 21:15-21.

“When the water in the skin was used up, she (Hagar) left the boy (Ishmael who was both the son of Hagar and Abraham)) under one of the bushes.  Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, “Do not let me see the boy die.”  And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.  God heard the lad crying;  and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar?  Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water;  and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.

God was with the lad, and he grew; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer.  He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.”  Genesis 21:15-21.

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Even though Ishmael was distinguished sharply from Isaac as we saw in the last devotion, with only Isaac being a child of promise and a spiritual descendant of Abraham, we remember the promises that God made about Ishmael.

“…  I will make a great nation of him.”  Verse 18.

“And of the son (Ishmael) of the maid (Hagar) I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant.”  Genesis 21:13.

“Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her (Hagar), “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.”  The angel of the LORD said to her further,

“Behold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
“He will be a wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone’s hand will be against him;
And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” Genesis 16:10-12.

In today’s devotion, we see that God saved Hagar and Ishmael from dying of thirst.

Even though we may not immediately or fully understand God’s purpose, God fulfills His promises and accomplishes His purpose.

As one example, even though Pharaoh was a direct enemy of Israel, God raised Pharaoh up to show His power.  “FOR THE SCRIPTURE SAYS TO PHARAOH, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.”  Romans 9:17.

As another example, we do see later that God used the Ishmaelites to bring Joseph to Egypt which eventually resulted in Joseph being raised by God to power in Egypt to save the nation of Israel from starvation.  “Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph into Egypt.”  Genesis 37:28.

In conclusion, we can trust God to accomplish His purpose for all that He does.”

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure
’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.
” Isaiah 46:9-11.


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