Hagar; suffering and controlToday’s post is the last post in a 3-part series of sneak peeks into my Bible study, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me.

The Illusion of Control

 Read Genesis 16:5-6

Because we live in a fallen world, all of us will experience some form of suffering. And just like Sarah and Hagar, we don’t always respond admirably. …

Poor Hagar. Taken into a man’s chamber, but never into his heart; released by her mistress, but never set free. In one brief, heated exchange, Hagar was tossed back and forth as the couple tried to decide what to do with her. Finally, when Hagar realized her attempt to gain the upper hand had not worked, she ran away.

List one or two ways Sarah could have handled the situation differently.

How do you suppose Abraham’s refusal to get involved in the conflict affected Hagar?

When Hagar was treated as chattel, she reacted with contempt. When Sarah was treated with contempt, she responded by bullying. When Hagar was bullied, she ran away. Just as in the Garden of Eden, all the enemy needs is one person to take the first bite to set in motion a tragic chain reaction. For Hagar, running away likely offered her the temporary illusion of being in control.

How about you? Are there any areas in your life where you struggle for control?

How can your perception of being able to take care of your problems yourself lessen your awareness of your dependence on God?

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