Today’s post is a sneak peek into Week Seven of HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me.
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.
After Sarah demands that Abraham cast Hagar and Ishmael out, Scripture reveals that Abraham is not only reluctant to comply with Sarah’s demands, but in his eyes, to do what she asked would be evil. That’s quite a strong conviction. 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
Ponder Hagar’s story up to this point. What did God free Hagar from? List all the ways Hagar had been in slavery.
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?
How do you suppose God sees them?
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
Listen to Shadia’s teaching sessions on Hagar.
Adapted from HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me. Copyright © 2017 by Shadia Hrichi. Published by Leafwood Publishers.