lessons from the desert

I think everybody who knows the Bible knows that Abraham and Sarah didn’t believe God when he told them he was going to give them a baby because they felt they were too old. Well Sarah decided that Abraham could have intimate relationship with her servant girl Hagar to get a baby. Sarah was going to help God, she hadn’t yet figured out that the Word of God is absolute and if he told her she was having a baby it was going to happen.
Introducing Hagar, the Egyptian slave girl. The Bible reads she was a slave, so in my imagination she was not asked if she was willing to sleep with Abraham she was told to go and lay with someone else’s husband. I find it strange that the idea of her laying with Abraham was not given the same concern that came when Abraham lied and said Sarah was his sister and was willing to slow Pharoah to sleep with her. Pharoah was punished for taking Sarah.. anyway I guess it wasn’t the same thing if you were a man.. hmmm ok back to Hagar

Hagar was a slave who was told to go and lay with her bosses husband. She did as instructed and became pregnant. This is where the story gets tricky. Hagar got pregnant and was able to give Abraham something he believed was the promise of God. With the pregnancy Hagar started to feel she was better than Sarah and started disrespecting her but Abraham told Sarah, she is still your slave, do what you have to do. Sarah began to punish Hagar for her behavior and Hagar got mad and angry and ran away. And this is where it gets good.
According to word, Hagar met an Angel of the Lord in the desert. The Angel called her out and asked her why she ran away, and then told her, you belong to Sarah so go back. And then God showed up. He did not leave Hagar the same way he found her, he prophesied over her child and gave her HOPE! He told her that her child would also be the father of many, he didn’t hold any punches though, he told her the good and the bad but she had a desert experience with God.

“The Lord talked to Hagar. She began to use a new name for God. She said to him, “You are ‘God Who Sees Me.’” She said this because she thought, “I see that even in this place God sees me and cares for me!””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭ERV‬‬

And that’s the same for us, no matter what we get ourselves into or how we try to run away when things get hard, God sees us and will care for us. I learned from Hagar that even in my desert experience, when I feel hot, tired and alone God sees me. I learned from Hagar to go back to the places where I belong and live out my purpose.

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