Trust God

Back to our pericope where Hagar applies these Biblical principles. Genesis 16:13~Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me (אֵל ‘el רֳאִי ro’iy).” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” (NLT) (אֵל ‘el רֳאִי ro’iy) the God who sees. Have you ever wondered if God truly saw you say you in life, in the marriage, moment, struggle? God are you there, this situation feels untenable, I’m ready to run. This is the moment when all of Life, we’ve been pushing it away, ignoring, and avoiding it all comes home to roost. When we’re at the end of our rope But God: we need to hold on, Wait, just a little longer, take a breathe and Divulge our heart to God, Conform to the will of the Lord, and Stand.

Stand on His promises (Genesis 16:10-16). The angel of the LORD tells Hagar, return and see. Genesis 16:10~Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.” (ESV) Genesis 16:11~“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. (NIV) I like it, a name with real substance, oh that God would hear us. His name is a reminder that God is always available to hear us. Psalm 116:2~I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” (NIV) Like David and Hagar, I’m going to stand with God, are you?

I know Ismael is going to be a wild one, and many of you have raised a wild one and took a lot of prayers. Where you labored before the Lord and had to stand God’s promises. Hagar know that El Roi, God sees you, He sees your future son, and the life He has planned for you. I do not know where you are on your journey through life and faith, but I do know that God sees you! So, I remind you, do not get ahead of God, or you will be layering more problems in your life. Abe and Sarai’s shortsightedness will cause a sibling rivalry still affecting the middle east. To commemorate her great spiritual experience, with the God Hagar calls the well (בְּאֵר לַחַי רֹאִי Bĕ’er la-Chay Ro’iy) [be-air’-la-hi-ro-ee] (16:14), which means the well of Him who lives and sees me. After returning to Abe and Sarai, she gives birth. Abe’s apparently aware of Hagar’s experience because in Genesis 16:15~So Hagar gave Abram a son, and Abram named him Ishmael. (ESV) Yes, a son, but not the child of promise. 

Our Takeaway: Trust in God’s plan, and if you find yourself at the end of your rope: in your marriage, or family, in your career or finances, perhaps you have a prodigal child, and are contemplating getting ahead of God, I want you to remember this story and the words of Isaiah 58:11~The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. (NIV).

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