6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
7 And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.
-The name “Ishmael” means “The Lord Hears” and is the defining aspect of Hagar and her son’s whole life. Hagar was used by Abram and Sarai to suit their needs only to be despised and driven away by their cruelty. She could have died an ignoble death in the wilderness and no one would have noticed but “The Lord heard”. Hagar’s story is my story and your story. The Lord could have left us to die in the wilderness of sin and eternity would never have even noticed. But God heard the cries of a people who were no people; He gave attention to a people who were beneath His attention. Then He did something even more wondrous; He provided His mercy, protection, and blessing.