1 ¶ Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.5 ¶ And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong beupon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.6 ¶ But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.7 ¶ And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.9 ¶ 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.11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will beagainst every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.13 ¶ And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
My hubby sent me a YouTube video the other day of a what it looks like to be a great dad.
(Which I think my husband is.)
I say that because this Father had just gotten a text from his mentor encouraging him to really “see” his children,
before it was too late, and they were out of the house.
I was blessed by the video,
But also while pondering on that being the heart of our Heavenly Father,
The One who sees all of us,
I was reminded of Hagar- as I shared in the context above.
With all of the opportunities in life to feel neglected, mistreated or unseen,
I was encouraged by this Passage of scripture.
Hagar was, by the world’s definition, totally justified in her actions to run away from mistreatment.
Rejected, wounded, mistreated, unloved, used…
(the list could keep going)
She fled for refuge.
And you may feel as though you’ve walked in her shoes by even a few of these descriptions,
But what I hope that you also see,
Who sees you.
God’s eyes were upon Hagar.
He wanted to bless her in her desperate situation, not apart from it.
He knew right where she was.
He encouraged her to return, and submit.
That is totally opposite what she felt like doing.
How could God ask that of her, most would reason.
But God, wanted to bless her, and her son.
Dear friend, the God that I serve, has not, nor will not turn a blind eye to injustice.
I can assure you, that you are seen.
As a matter of fact, Jesus saw you as the Joy set before Him.
And seeing you was the very reason He endured the death penalty for your sins.
Like Hagar, He had done nothing to deserve mistreatment, Especially death, but He took it upon Himself to let you know,
He sees you.