We see some major mistakes and regrets in chapter 16. In short, not trusting in God’s promise of uncountable descendants, Sarai (Abram’s wife) offers her slave (Hagar) to her husband as another wife in the hopes she can bear Abram the children she hasn’t been able to give him. Both Abram and his wife must have grown impatient with God’s plan, or lost faith in it, to go along with this new plan they came up with. As most any woman can imagine, when the “new and younger” wife gets pregnant this leads to jealousy, anger, and an all-out power struggle. This is the start of a struggle begin nations and families that still exists today, but that’s not the focus of today’s blog.
After Hagar runs away from Sarai’s mistreatment, God finds her and says, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” Genesis 16:8
Does that sound familiar? Think back to Genesis 3:9 as the Lord calls out to Adam after he has joined Eve in eating of the forbidden fruit.
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
Adam and Eve are hiding in shame after they disobeyed God’s command, and their eyes have opened to the knowledge of both good and evil. “Where are you?” is what we say when someone is hiding, but we want to find them. But there is another important thing about this question being asked. To find them, we must be looking for them and to be looking for them must mean they are important or valuable. God never ceases to seek and follow us. No matter how far we run, how deep the hole we dig for ourselves, how much we undo all He desires for us . . . He doesn’t stop seeking us out, loving us and desiring to bring us back into His fold.
Consider how broken, alone, uncertain, fearful and betrayed Sarai must have felt as she ran away pregnant to an unknown place. But, God follows and finds her. He goes to her and she gives Him the most beautiful name.
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.” Genesis 16:8
We love and serve a God who sees us, knows us, loves us and desires to draw us back to Him. What a beautiful reminder today of the mighty and loving God that created each of us and all we see. I pray you will sit for just a few moments and marvel at how BIG our God’s love for each of us must be. Do you hear Him calling, “Where are you?” Lean into the truth that He sees you! That you are important enough for Him to follow to the ends of the Earth.