The Recovery

  • 1 Samuel 30:8 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
  • What is a mistake to men is the plan of God.
  • I may be someone’s mistake, but I am God’s intended purpose.
  • The name Ishmael means God hears or God will hear you.
  • The work Hagar means stranger or alien.
  • Genesis 6:7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring of water in the desert. The spring was by the road to Shur. 8 The angel said, “Hagar, Sarai’s slave girl, why are you here? Where are you going?” Hagar said, “I am running away from Sarai.” 9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Sarai is your owner. Go home to her and obey her.”
  • Genesis 6:10 The angel of the LORD also said, “From you will come many people—too many people to count.” 11 Then the angel of the LORD said, “Hagar, you are now pregnant, and you will have a son. You will name him Ishmael, because the LORD has heard that you were treated badly.
  • Genesis 17:18 Then Abraham said to God, “I hope Ishmael will live and serve you.” 19 God said, “No, I said that your wife Sarah will have a son. You will name him Isaac. I will make my agreement with him that will continue forever with all his descendants. 20 “You mentioned Ishmael, and I heard you. I will bless him, and he will have many children. He will be the father of twelve great leaders. His family will become a great nation.
  • Genesis 21:10 Sarah said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son. Send them away! When we die, our son Isaac will get everything we have. I don’t want that slave woman’s son sharing these things with my son Isaac!” 11 This upset Abraham very much. He was worried about his son Ishmael.
  • Genesis 21:12 But God said to Abraham, “Don’t worry about the boy and the slave woman. Do what Sarah wants. Your descendants will be those who come through Isaac. 13 But I will also bless the son of your slave woman. He is your son, so I will make a great nation from his family also.”
  • Genesis 21:15 After some time, when all their drinking water was gone, Hagar put her son under a bush. 16 Then she walked a short distance away and sat down. She thought her son would die because there was no water. She did not want to watch him die. She sat there and began to cry. 17 God heard the boy crying, and God’s angel called to Hagar from heaven. He said, “What is wrong, Hagar? Don’t be afraid! God has heard the boy crying there.
  • Genesis 21:18 Go help the boy. Hold his hand and lead him. I will make him the father of many people.”19 Then God allowed Hagar to see a well of water. So she went to the well and filled her bag with water. Then she gave water to the boy to drink. 20 God continued to be with the boy while he grew up. Ishmael lived in the desert and became a hunter. He learned to shoot a bow very well.
  • Genesis 25:9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah. This cave is in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar. It was east of Mamre.
  • The best form or revenge or retribution is not to wish harm on those who have wronged you, but to succeed at what they tried to stop you from doing.
  • Payback does not payoff, let your success speak for itself.