Wrestling With Hope T42
Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 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.” The angel of the Lord said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has given heed to your affliction. “He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

If anyone had reason to be bitter, it was Hagar. And yet despite the bitter persecution she received at the hands of Sarah, Hagar trusted God’s word and returned to serve Sarah and Abraham. We don’t know why God chose to seek out Hagar and command her to return, but His reassurance to Hagar that she would have a son is a demonstration of His unmerited kindness. Hagar clearly interpreted God’s words to her as a demonstration of His grace as she called the Lord “a God who sees” (v. 13), indicating that God saw and answered her in her affliction. Recognizing God’s presence and grace in our lives is a great first step in overcoming the jealousy that so easily consumes us 

Envy can lead us to make a mess of our lives, but God is there to pick up the pieces. He was faithful to Sarah and Abraham, giving them a son, Isaac. However, He was also faithful to Hagar when she was wronged by Sarah’s envy. God made provision for her and led her when she was rejected. God was faithful in all of His promises to Hagar and to Sarah, despite envy and sin trying to hurt His plans.

  • Look at verses 7-12. Why did God prevent Hagar from fleeing? What does this tell us about God?
  • How did Hagar respond to God’s word, delivered to her through the angel of the Lord (vv. 13-14)?
  • Praise God for caring for us and being faithful to us.