As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.”
When he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
by: Dale Rood.
God heard Abraham’s concern for Ishmael, and promised that he would be the father of a nation—though not the nation of promise. God then declared to Abraham that that was the way things would be and Abraham should not argue with Him. Verse 22 indicates that God terminated the conversation. Does it happen that there are times God may have to terminate a conversation when we want to argue with Him? God does invite us to question Him and arguing with God will not negate the promises and purposes He has for us. But if we keep pushing that conversation, we may suddenly find ourselves feeling alone when God terminates the conversation.