MONDAY, AUGUST 7
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 16
By: Mitch Boles
You are probably going to read this chapter and think WOW, these are some messed up people! If you are thinking that, you are not alone and you are right. That is how I felt as well when I read this. Then I read it a second time, and a third time and a fourth. Every time I read it, I found myself being more and more like Hagar, Sarai, and Abram.
The chapter opens with Sarai being upset with Lord. She knows the promise that God has given Abram her husband(you’re offspring will be as numerous as the sand on the seashore) but she finds herself well along in her years and past her child bearing days.
Sarai does something that we all do. We take matters into our own hands, and we try to play God. Let me just stop right here and say, It is not a good idea to play God. Sarai came up with this brilliant plan, or so she thought, of giving her slave Hagar to Abram. She thought she could adopt the child when he was born and a nation would be built through this child. Keep in mind that this is Sarai’s plan.
The plan worked for Sarai, but we see in vs. 5 Sarai gets upset again! Hagar the slave girl became pregnant, and she treated Sarai with contempt and Sarai blamed it on Abram. Now ladies lets be honest, when you have a plan and it does not work out how you want, you are looking for a man to blame it on right? HA HA
Men you need to take note on this next part in vs. 6. You can either do what Abram did and take the easy way out or you can step up and be a man, take charge, lead in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. We see here where Abram handed the problem off to his wife Sarai and said here you deal with it.
After Hagar was treated harshly she ran away. Thats always the thing to do right? Run away in the midst of conflict. I will say that its the easy thing to do but its not the right thing to do. During times like these we need to get down our knees and pray to the Lord, we need to stop what were doing and turn to Jesus instead of running away from Him.
In vs. 7 we see a glorious response from the Angel of the Lord. First we see where the Angel of the Lord finds Hagar. The Angel of the Lord found her because he went after her. Just as he is doing with you right now. He is with you, he is pursuing you, and he is wanting you to turn around, and the best part, he is there with open arms waiting for you.
The last part I want you to see is in vs. 9, The Angel of the Lord tells her to go back and be mistreated by her mistress and to submit to her. For no reason in the world would I ever want to do this, nobody does. BUT obedience to the father is key. Many times we look for the easy way out, and we think that God will provide a way out that we think is best for us.
God will provide, but it may not be in the way that you want. He will provide in a way that will bring glory to Him and in a way that you will grow closer and draw near to him.
Submit to God’s plan in your life. Don't try and create a plan for your life. God is a much better God than we could ever be and will ever be. He is faithful, He will endure, His promise is forever. Amen