God Sees our actions and hears our thoughts
Think about it. Everytime someone heard this boy’s name, they would remember that God sees and hears them. When Sarai saw Ishmael or heard his name, she would be reminded that God sees her. This would give her incentive not to be abusive but to behave civilly and decently towards Hagar and the boy. Everytime Abram saw Ishmael or heard his name, he would be reminded that God saw his concern for Hagar and the baby’s lives and He answered yet another prayer. Everytime Hagar looked at Ishmael or heard his name, she would be reminded that God heard and saw her dilemma and would divinely help her to raise her son. Everytime Ishmael heard his name, he would be reminded that God hears and sees him. Ishmael is given a name to help him develop a consciousness of God’s presence so he would be aware of his behavior and motives.
Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born. When we deconstruct 86, we grasp the significance of this number. Eighty means mouth, speech, or prayer (1&2). Six means man or flesh (1&2).
At 86 years old, Abram understands that God sees and hears him and that he should never interfere with God’s plans. His words and prayers (80) will align directly with God’s holy will. He will never again conjure up man made (6) strategies in order to attain a promise. For the next 13 years (13 stands for double portion) Abram never has intercourse with Hagar again or with any other women besides Sarai who then became pregnant with Isaac. He will wait on God and allow Him to fulfill this promise in His time and in His way.
The realization that God sees and hears everything we think and do is one of the benchmarks of living righteously and avoiding life altering mistakes. Consciousness of God’s constant and abiding presence results in our expectant hope of promises to come, the grace of unceasing patience while waiting, and consistency in prayer. Paul puts it this way in Romans 12:12 NIV, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
This concludes our series How God Sees You Part 2. Beginning Tuesday, August 1st, we will begin our new series How God Sees You Part 3.
Father, help me to always be aware of Your Presence. You hear everything I think and say and see everything I do. Give me grace to be pleasing to You in all things and in all situations. I will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. I thank You in advance for the answers. In Jesus Name, Amen.
My words and prayers align with God’s Word and will.
I will not make man made plans to push God’s agenda.
I am joyful in hope.
I am patient in affliction.
I am faithful in prayer.
Memorize Romans 12:12, "I am joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer."