Tuesday, June 30, 2009

You Are The God Who Sees Me: Hagar....Us

Genesis 16:10-12

The angel of the LORD also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."

When I read through the verses above I can't help but to wonder what Hagar must have been thinking. This God was the God of Abram and her mistress, Sarai, not her God and yet He knew about her circumstances and cared about her, an Egyptian maidservant. Wonder, amazement, awe, finally knowing that someone loved her and cared about her....could these be some of her feelings?

Hagar knew that she was pregnant. This is the reason for her misbehaviour and haughtiness towards Sarai. What she didn't know that was that she was going to have a son, a rebellious one who would have difficulty getting along with everyone. God gave her a glimpse of what the future would be for her and her son. Not an easy one but at least she was informed in advance about the struggles that she and Ishmael would face.

Genesis 16: 13-16
She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the one who sees me." That is why the well was called Beer Lahal Roi, it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

You are the God who sees me. This is so true! God saw Hagar's plight and gave her reassurances that He knew exactly what was happening and what would happen in the future.

God sees us and knows our circumstances. He also knows our future. Sometimes He lets us know a bit about what is to happen and sometimes He doesn't.

Hagar did return to Abram and Sarai and we can assume that she submitted to Sarai just as God had asked her to do in Genesis 16: 9. With Ishmael's birth, the childless couple now had a reason to celebrate. Or did they?

Abram and Sarai had taken matters into their own hands when Sarai gave Hagar to Abram as his "wife." They had conformed to the views and approval of society at that time. It isn't really surprising that they must still wait another fourteen years for Isaac to be born. God had promised them many children but the promise was not through Ishmael, it was to come through Isaac.

God hadn't let them down. He had let them wait until it was impossible for Sarai to conceive. In this way, they and everyone else would realize that this was truly a blessing and a miracle from God.

Are we like Abram and Sarai? Do we realize that God has a plan for us but do we get impatient waiting? Have we ever had to wait as long as Abram and Sarai for God to fulfill His promise? Do we decide to take matters into our own hands like they did and then wonder why life gets so messy? Do we trust God implicitly to do precisely what He says He will do?

You are the God who sees me. Hagar said these words and so can we.


  1. So true, Jenny, that sometimes we may take matters into our own hands instead of trusting God to fulfil His promise (or what He has laid on our hearts). Your challenge in this piece speaks to me regarding certain circumstances of my life even at the present time.
    Thank you.

  2. Peter,

    It is something that we all need to remember. God's timing isn't our timing. We get impatient waiting for His timing but we need to learn to wait because He has our best interest in mind.