Genesis 16:9 (KJV) And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. 10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
Sometimes we are powerless because of our station in life. We may be in a situation where other people have power over our lives. We may feel that we are trapped by the demands of others, and that there’s no way to please them all. It’s a double bind: to please one is to disappoint another. Sometimes when we feel stuck and frustrated with our relationships, we look for a measure of control by escaping through our compromising behaviors.
Hagar is a picture of a tough situation in many instances. She had no rights. As a young girl, she was a slave to Sarai and Abram. When they were upset because Sarai could not bear children, she was given to Abram as a surrogate. When she did become pregnant, as they had wanted, Sarai was so jealous that she beat the girl and she ran away. All alone, out in the wilderness, she was met by an angel who told her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority! I will give you more descendants than you can count; 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” (Genesis 16:9-11).
When we are caught in tough situations, it’s tempting to run away through our compromising escape hatches. At times like these, God is there and he is listening to our woes. We need to learn to express our pain to God, instead of just trying to escape.
Point to ponder- The Lord knows and hears our problems and is willing to give us hope for the future. When we can’t trace God’s hand let us trust God’s heart!
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