Set free; Hagar; God’s tireless pursuitToday is the day! After years of prayer, hard work, and waiting, the release date of my Bible study on HAGAR has come. Praise the Lord! Today’s post is the last ‘sneak peek’ into the study. (An excerpt from Week Seven)

Set Free for a Purpose

Sometimes God leads us down a hard road not in order to make us stronger, but to bring us into a deeper and more intimate dependence on Him because it is only in Him where we find true strength. For Hagar, it is at the end of a hard road in the middle of a barren desert – the place where God dwells – that Hagar is transformed. As a matter of fact, it was God Himself who decided it was time to let Hagar go free (Genesis 21:10-14); however, God did not merely free Hagar from something, but more importantly, He set her free for something.

It is the same for us: God never sets us free to be left to ourselves. We are set free for one purpose: to be wholly devoted to God.

God sets us free from something AND for something. #hagarbiblestudy Click To Tweet

Think back on yesterday’s lesson. What did God free Hagar from? List all the ways Hagar had been in slavery.

Pause to Ponder

How about you? What has God freed you from? Reflecting on your life, list all of the ways you have been in slavery.

Think back on the challenges you have faced in your own life. How do you see them? Where would you place an X on the line below?

calamities ___________________________________________opportunities

How do you suppose God sees them?

calamities ____________________________________________opportunities

Hagar’s story paints a beautiful picture of God’s tireless pursuit to capture the heart of one wounded soul. It would be wrong to assume that no one believed a runaway slave would ever amount to anything. God believed in her … and at the end of the day, that’s all that mattered.

Hagar’s story reveals God’s tireless pursuit to reach one wounded soul. #hagar Click To Tweet

Who in your life needs to “Rediscover the God Who Sees Me“?

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