She began to use a new name for God. She said to him,
“You are ‘God Who Sees Me.’”
She said this because she thought,
“I see that even in this place God sees me and cares for me!”
Genesis 16:13 (ERV)
Mistreated, abused and rejected, Hagar was running away from her circumstances. She found herself alone in the desert feeling frightened, forgotten and weary from her journey. Yet, at her lowest point, the angel of the Lord appeared to her, calling her by name, and encouraged her…right in the middle of her wilderness.
Maybe you are in the midst of a “wilderness” in life. The path you are traveling seems rocky and desolate, littered with extreme difficulties. You feel that no one knows or cares about your dire circumstances. You are lonely and afraid, and perhaps you feel the only possible solution is to “run away” from your problems. The God Who Sees also cares about you. He sees you right where you are, and He knows about every tumultuous detail of your life. He knows your name…and your needs. Turn to Him for guidance and direction.
As for Hagar, the Lord instructed her to return to her owner, Sarai, and to submit to her authority. Notice that He didn’t remove Hagar from her circumstances, but He gave her guidance and encouragement on how to live the life she was destined for. He also promised to bless her for her obedience and encouraged her concerning the child she was carrying, Abram’s son. If Hagar had continued running, she and her unborn child would have met with certain disaster. God knew His plans for her life…and the life of her unborn son…, and He gave her specific instructions about how she should live.
This story is a great example of how God causes all things…even bad things…to work together for good. (And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28) Hagar’s obedience brought God’s blessings upon her life. God also sees you in your wilderness, and He has a marvelous plan for your life. Listen to His instructions. Remember that “running away” is not the solution, and it often leads to sure disaster. Instead of running away…run into His arms and listen to His instructions. Your obedience to His plan will bring divine blessings upon your life. Remind yourself that “even in this place, God sees me and cares for me!”
“…I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14b