the Lord hears and sees our troubles

Genesis 16


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 last part of this verse says, ...the LORD hath heard thy affliction. That is an encouraging promise that when we are in trouble, the Lord can hear and help us.

Hagar was not even one of "the Lord's chosen people" of Israel. She was an Egyptian slave. That shows that we should look to the Lord when we are in trouble, even if we don't personally feel worthy of Him right then.

And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

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