Good Morning, Brothers and Sister!
Today we are beginning a series of brief devotionals which I am calling the “Remember” series. Throughout the Bible, God tells His people to remember what He has done. Whether through the annual celebration of feasts and holy days such as the passover, or through sacraments, or through the reading of God’s Word, God intends for His people to remember His faithfulness and experience encouragement for today.
I want to share with you the story recorded for us in Genesis 16. Abraham has been called by God to leave his homeland and go to Canaan, a land God promised to give to Abraham and his descendants. But Abraham had no descendants, and he and his wife were getting old, so Sarah his wife gave Abraham her servant girl, Hagar, as a sort of second wife to raise up children for her. But when Hagar conceived, she despised her mistress Sarah. Sarah dealt harshly with Hagar who ran away into the desert. We pick up in Genesis 16:7-13
“The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.”The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”
God looked after Hagar, blessing her because of her relationship with Abraham, God’s servant. For those of us who are in Christ, we have a relationship with someone far greater than Abraham. Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Through Him we have been adopted as children of God. If God is known as a God who sees, if God saw Hagar the servant girl in her distress, how much more will he not see and watch over us, we who have been adopted as His children?
Beloved, take comfort in this truth, God is the God who sees you and me. He watches over us., even when life gets tough. It couldn’t have been much more difficult for Hagar: she was pregnant, traveling alone through the desert, with no family and no friends, no job, and no future. Yet God watched over her. He will watch over you and me as well.