14. God hears you

Sarai gave her servant Hagar to Abram as a wife in order to have children through her. Sarai and Abram didn't want to wait any longer on God's promises, but decided to take matters into their own hands. They wanted to 'force God's hand' so to speak. Their plan worked and Hagar became pregnant with Ishmael. At first it looked as if God was helping them and approved of their plan, but then the trouble started. Trouble came because they had acted outside of God's will.

Hagar started to treat Sarai with contempt; Sarai yelled at Abram for doing this to her and in turn Abram told Sarai to do with Hagar as she pleased. So she allowed her insecurity to take hold of her and began to treat Hagar harshly. Hagar couldn't handle it and once she has had enough she ran away.

When I read this, I cannot help but feel sorry for Hagar. In those days servants didn't have any rights and when Sarai made the decision to give Hagar to Abram to bear his children, she didn't really have a choice in the matter. She was forced into this situation. She was made a part of her mistress' impatience. Now when she became pregnant, she shouldn't have treated Sarai with contempt. That was a mistake on her part, but now her life was made miserable. Her so called 'husband' didn't care about her, and her mistress treated her harshly despite her pregnant condition. It was so terrible that she ran away with no place to go and no resources. She was lost. She had no future.

But God saw her and sent an angel to comfort her. And not only that, God also made a promise to her that she will have more descendants than she could count. He also told her to name her son 'Ishmael' which means 'God hears'. Isn't it beautiful? God was there for her even when no one else was. God knew that she was forced into this situation and He reached out to her and was kind to her, even blessing her. But God also knew that she sinned against Sarai by treating her with contempt and therefore He sends her back to make it right:

"Return to your mistress and submit to her authority." Genesis 16:9

God knew her situation and He promised to help her and bless her, but He also told her to go and sin no more. And she did. She went home and had her baby there.

God knows your situation too. He knows that people have forced you into situations that are unfair. He knows that you haven't been treated with the respect and dignity that you deserve. He knows that you are sad and lonely, running away from your circumstances. But He wants to tell you today that He will be with you. He will bless you and He will help you. But He also wants to tell you to go and sin no more. Where some of the 'unfairness' has been your own fault, go back and make amends. Even if you didn't start the whole debacle, go and say you are sorry for the part you played, go and sin no more. That is all God asks of us. He wants us to love Him and portrait His character to a lost world. Then you can stand up as the heir that you are, heir to everything that God has in store for you, in this life and definitely in the life to come. God blessed Hagar and He is more than willing to bless you, His son.

Thank you Father that we can know that You are always there for us, always ready to reach out to us, always trying to help us. Please forgive us our sins and please help us to sin no more. Philippians 2:13 tells us that You give us the power to do what pleases You. We claim that power over our lives today. In Jesus' Name. Amen

1 comment for “14. God hears you”

  1. Gravatar of MariskaMariska
    Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 4:17:46 PM

    What a beautiful perspective. Thank you Ilze.

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