I’ve never fully comprehended the book of Genesis. To me, it is full of shocking tales and characters who make poor choices. The one thing I have taken from it is that God can use even those whom we find full of flaws.
In this chapter, we find Hagar and her infant son, Ishmael, put out to die by Abraham and Sarah. In a fully understandable action, Hagar set her child down just out of sight, for she could not bear to watch him die. She did the only thing she could to help the child. She prayed.
God hears the cries of the child and the angel of God called to Hagar. “Do not be afraid,” said the angel. Both Hagar and the infant were rescued.
We should pray desperately for the salvation of those we love. They are the only possessions we can take with us to heaven.