Ever feel like you are lost in the wilderness? Ever been kicked out?…lets find out what God does in a similar situation…
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar.2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.t5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!”6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.
7 The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.8 And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”9 The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.”10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”
11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,
“Behold, you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi;t it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
Did you ever think that the Bible had these kinds of stories? For those novel readers, this sounds like a soap opera! This is one of my favorite chapters in Genesis!! Sarai clearly did not believe that Abram was too old to have children when she suggested that he take her Egyptian maid Hagar to help fulfill God’s covenant promise. What was she thinking? What was Abram thinking? Notice how they begin to play the blame game. What happens when we depart from God’s plan and begin to do things our own way? There are so many lessons to learn from this small chapter of Genesis!
The lesson I learned today was to NEVER HIRE A HAGAR in my life. God is the Almighty and Omnipotent God and it is an insult to grace for a feeble mortal to try and give him help. When He speaks, we have to believe in Him and when we believe, we wait patiently. Do see anything special of the way God speaks to Hagar in the wilderness? When I am lost and sometimes excluded from a group, God has a way of speaking to my heart and reminding me of His promise of never failing me or abandoning me. He is here to do the same for you in those desolate moments, invite Him in!
Scripture portions are taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.