The angel of the Lord found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur. The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
“I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.
The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.” Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.”
And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress. This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”
Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered.
Genesis 16:7-14 (NLT)
Perhaps you’re facing a difficulty that feels unbearable. Perhaps you’ve been used or abused, left alone and unloved. Maybe you found yourself in a bad situation — and made it worse. Perhaps the promises that were made to you turned out to be false, or maybe the gifts you were offered were rescinded. Let Hagar’s story encourage you! Though she had a child with her mistress’s husband, though she provoked her mistress until her abuse was returned, though she ran away from her problems — God didn’t turn away from Hagar.
Take heart from God’s faithfulness to Hagar, and share her hope in Him. God’s promises are always true and will always be fulfilled. They will meet you in the hard place — even if you are running away — just as the angel met Hagar with God’s promise right in the middle of her wandering. His promises will always provide real hope despite the circumstance.
Ada Orie says
Good morning. This is a beautiful devotional about God’s intimate and personal love with each of us. I love when God does something specific and personal for each of that says “I love you.” Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
Ariel Krienke says
Beautiful reminder that our God sees us and loves us
Beth Williams says
Everyone needs reminders that despite their current circumstances God is with, sees & loves them immensely. He will get you through any trial.
Terry Law says
Wow! That was just what I needed to hear today! Thank you for sharing this. Please pray for my family as we go through a very difficult time.
Sandra Destrempes says
Yes! God is near with hearing our hearts.
Beth Sytsema says
Just what I needed to hear today. I can relate so well to Hagar. I didn’t realize she had been through so much hurt and pain. Thank you so much for this writing. I’ll be thinking of God’s goodness all day and in the days to come. God bless you!
Good Morning and Happy Labor Day! This is one of my favorite stories. I just wanted to shout out, that you are seen ladies and you matter!