Hagar, a slave woman

Hagar’s story and her encounter with God give us such hope! The same God, who saw and heard Hagar, sees and hears us today! His faithfulness and genuine care for His children remain unchanged. God never changes. ” If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown himself.” (2Tim2:13). He is an all-knowing Father who hears the cries of His children. When I think of Hagar”s life, I think of a woman who is forgotten, invisible with no rights, no voice and no freedom. She was mistreated badly by her mistress Sarai. Genesis 16:6 says, “Sarai dealt with Hagar harshly.” “To deal harshly” means, “to “afflict,” “mistreat,” “act badly toward.” One translation says “Sarai handled that slave girl in a really rough way.” She was mistreated by Sarai but not by God. As she was running away from her mistress, the angle of God appeared to her and said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going? “I”m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”
As we see, Hagar was told to go back to the hard place but with God”s promise. We want to run away from hardship but God wants us to submit to His way so He can mold us into the image of His Son. Our God sees every pain and every tear and He promises His sustaining presence and strength in the midst of our pain. He knows our very name. He called Hagar by her name. God even knew whom she belonged to.
What is your pain? What and who are you running away from? Nothing escapes our God”s notice. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God”s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13).
The Lord runs after the weak and helpless like Hagar and longs to show them mercy and His blessing for their lives. We see this in Hagar’s life: “The angel added, “I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.” (Genesis 16:10) This promise must have given Hagar such comfort in the midst of her deep pain. The Lord was saying I see your pain and I hear your cry. I will bless you with a son! Her circumstance has not changed but when God comes in and speaks to the depth of our souls, it gives us life and hope to keep going. His Word is healing for our souls. Hagar fed on His word to soothe her pain.
I”d like to leave you with this question, who do you turn to when you are in deep pain? God met Hagar in her pain and she listened to His voice. As a result she was blessed and knew God personally, “as the One who sees her.” How has God revealed Himself to you? As a Father? As a Comforter? God opens our eyes to who He really is.
As you feel abandoned as though no one understands or cares about you, ask Him to help. No matter what is happening around you, He is near and He sees everything and His presence will refresh you!

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