There are always two sides to every story…yesterday, we studied Sarah. Today, let’s look at things from Hagar’s point of view.
Hagar: What did I do to deserve this???
(Genesis 16, 21:8-20)
“But I didn’t even do anything!!!” “Why is this happening to me???”
Have you said any of these things to God in the last year, month, days, hours…minutes? It’s a fact of life, everything that happens to us is not because of something we did, a reaction we caused, or a mistake we made. Some things just happen. But the one thing that is true is that God uses EVERYTHING for His Glory. Whether He caused it to happen or allowed it to happen, nothing we walk through will be in vain.
Hagar found herself in this exact predicament in Genesis 16. Sarai wanted a baby at any cost, and she used Hagar to be the means to her end. Hagar was forced to become the mistress of another woman’s husband AND carry his child! Then, the wife resented her and mistreated her, and it wasn’t even her choice! When she attempted to run away, God sent her back. Fast forward 14 years to when Sarah finally conceived a son of her own, she sent Hagar and Abraham’s son away to wander in the desert! Hagar feared for her and Ishmael’s life and was preparing for her son to die in the wilderness! This was Hagar’s “current situation”, and we can easily replace this scenario with any undesirable thing that someone or something else has inflicted upon us.
Why did God send her back only to be kicked out again? Or more importantly, why did He let her get in that situation in the first place? His answer never changes. Although you may not be able to see it in the valley, He has a perfect plan. Many “good” things happened to Hagar during this trial. God used her desert to draw her closer to Him and show her His truths. But, we have to look past her “current situation” to see it.
1. She came face to face with the Lord and found a God who saw her, cared for her, and loved her (16:3).
2. She found favor with God in her obedience, and God blessed her son (17:20).
3. God opened her eyes to His great mercy and the fact that He was always right there (21:19).
4. God gave Hagar exactly what she needed exactly when she needed it (21:14-19)
5. God walked with her and her son, even in the desert (21:20-21)
6. God fulfilled His promise. Ishmael was made into a great nation; father of 12 rulers (17:20; 25:16-18)
Hold on sweet sister! You may not understand the what’s, why’s, or how’s. Nor are you supposed to. All God asks is that you hold fast to Him and His promises. God is ALWAYS there! He sees you just as he saw Hagar when she fled Sarai (16:13). He hears you, just as he heard Hagar crying out for her son in the desert (21:16-18). We can have a face-to-face encounter with God! We can cry out to Him amid every circumstance. He is our savior, strong tower, and protector. Do not be afraid! So what is God trying to teach you in the desert?
Challenge: Search the Bible for scriptures that your struggles are never in vain, and God will walk with you and protect you every step of the way! Then, share your favorites using #BelovedwomenoftheBible !
Don’t know where to start:
James 1:2-4 ~ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Psalm 61:3 ~ For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe
Psalm 91 ~ God our Protector
Psalm 121 ~ The Lord our Protector