Genesis 16 (ESV)
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. 3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. 4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. 5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!” 6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. 7 The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8 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.” 9 The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her” . . . Continue Reading
It makes sense that because the Lord told Abram (ten years earlier in Genesis 15:5) his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, that Sarai, who was past childbearing years and barren would see this as a major dilemma and want to do something to solve it.
The solution? Hagar, her servant!
This soon-to-be surrogate mother was Sarai’s answer to God’s promise to Abram. But when Hagar became pregnant, she looked down on Sarai and things go from bad to worse.
Isn’t that just like our lives? Oh how quickly we can get caught in the mud when we should have stayed on the road. But the Lord meets us in that mud and steers us in the right direction and back on course.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Thank you for your faithfulness, Father. Help me to diligently seek you. Help me to walk in the Spirit so I won’t gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Lead me to still waters and restore my soul when I stray. Guide me in your truth and sanctify me with your Word. Amen.
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,