Reading: Genesis 16
Focus Verses: v. 2, v. 7, v. 13
v. 2: …so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”
Not long after my family moved to Wheeling, I had about fifteen minutes before I had to pick up my daughter at school. I took my infant son, and started up a road I’d never been on before. After at least 30 minutes of driving (and it was raining, so I had no idea where I was or what direction I was going), I was hopelessly lost. I ended up stopping at a random house on the road – obviously someone who knew the way – and asking for directions.
Sarai seems to have experienced something similar in our reading today. She decided to take her own “detour,” to give Abram the heir he so desperately wanted. After all, God only said that Abram would have a son. He didn’t say that the son would come from Sarai. Sarai knew God, but she didn’t ask Him for directions. Her detour did give Abram an heir, but it also caused Sarai a great deal of conflict. The point? Trust God. Ask Him for directions.
(On a side note, my daughter still reminds me from time to time how very late I was picking her up that day… 10 years ago.)
v. 7: Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”
This is the first time in the Bible that an angel appears. Worth noting!
v. 13: She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
God let Hagar fret a bit, but He didn’t leave her in her misery. He saw her, and He led her. I love that God has my best interest in mind, even when I’m acting on my own. God made you, He loves you, and he sees you. He sees you, whether you talk to Him or not. He sees your heart, your tears, your pain, your distress.
Friend, God sees you. He knows your detour as He knew Sarai’s, and He knows your misery as He knew Hagar’s. He also knows the plan He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11). Ask Him.
Father, I’m sorry for so often taking matters into my own hands. Please help me to always seek You for directions! Thank you for loving me and not leaving me, and thank you for seeing me and guiding me back to Your path. In Jesus’ name, Amen.