He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” Then the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.” Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.”…
For many years I would read this passage and I didn’t really understand it. That’s because I was in a place in my life where I like to run from things whenever it got difficult. Don’t we all like to do that? It seems much easier to run, however nothing is ever resolved.
If we really take God at his word that he does work all things together for good for those who love him, then we must trust that no matter what type of situation we are in whether it’s difficult or whether it’s easy, that we are in it for a purpose.
In this passage of Genesis, Hagar was a maidservant to Sarah. God had promised her and Abraham a legacy. They were very old in age and they thought it was inconceivable to have a child, so they hatched a plan to help God. Sarah had a great idea that God would perhaps give them a child through one of her maidservants. She told Abraham to go sleep with her maidservant Hagar. And when she conceived Sarah was very jealous and mistreated her. That is where we pick the story up because Hagar had fled out into the wilderness. God met her in her difficult time and asked her to go back from where she came. I don’t believe God was sending her back to be abused. However there were things there for her that she needed. After all she was going to bear a son named Ishmael who would be a great nation.
There were lessons to learn here and there was provision that she needed. In other words she would not be able to bear her son on her own.
Sometimes we get into a conflict, maybe somebody’s jealous. Perhaps God is just trying to teach you proper conflict resolution. Perhaps God is just trying to strengthen you for more difficult times to come in your future. Perhaps God is seeing if you can be trusted for greater things to be faithful over.
If we are ever going to have the fullness and purpose that God has for us we must go through difficult situations. Running away never solves anything and we never learn the lessons that we need to learn. We basically prematurely abort any type of lesson that is for our gain.
Think about a tree. It’s root system is actually the most important part of the tree. It’s something that you don’t see, it’s hidden. However we know that when a tree faces many storms, it develops its root system to go deeper down into the soil. This also allows the tree to get larger in its trunk and to grow higher. All we see is the splendor of a beautiful full big tree. You never think about it weathering storms.
We are the same. God has great plans for you and he needs to take your root system deeper so that you can be this marvelous display of his splendor.
What have you run from?
What do you feel that you need to go back to to finish the lesson. Have you aborted any plan in your destiny?
Don’t waste time, Go back to that difficult place where you ran from God. He will give you the grace to face it and to complete it.
God loves you!