Thursday, March 11, 2010
The One Who Sees ME!
"The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he 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." The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."
The angel of the LORD also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. 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." - Gen 16:7-11, 13
When God confronted Hagar, she responded, "the God who sees me". This impacted me because she was a slave, a nobody, pregnant and not wanted. The miracle is that the Almighty God saw her. He saw what she was enduring and He did not ignore her. The Creator knew His creation. Hagar was obedient to what the angel of the Lord had instructed her to do and her obedience changed the direction of her life. She turned around, and was obedient to her mistress.
Some years later Hagar was told to leave and this time it was a permanent decision. The reason was that although everyone thought Sara was unable to bear children she became pregnant. She also bore Abraham a son.
One day Hagar's son teased Sarah's. Sarah exploded, she said to Abraham "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac." .
So Abraham sent Hagar and their son Ishmael away.
"When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, "I cannot watch the boy die." And as she sat there nearby, she began to sob. God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation." - Gen 21: 15-18
In spite of the lonely wilderness that surrounded them both, God was mindful of them. He did not abandon Hagar or her son. He saw their affliction. He comforted them both.
The promise that the Lord spoke over both their lives did come to pass.
This story narrates and confirms a merciful and loving God. The One who saw Hagar in the wilderness also has His eyes upon His children today. The promise that He has spoken to our hearts will come to pass according to His perfect will. We must not grow tired of doing what is good because our redemtion is near, we submit ourselves to the Word of God and know that HE is our rest and refuge.
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