[This post is an excerpt from Week Four of HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me]
Read Genesis 21:15–16 below:
“When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, ‘Let me not look on the death of the child.’ And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.”
Picture the scene in your mind. Describe the desperation of the situation in your own words.
If only Hagar could see herself through God’s eyes. The God who promised her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude” (Gen. 16:10) has not changed and cannot fail. He still sits on the throne in heaven’s throne room. But before Hagar could stand and embrace her call, she had to fall to her knees.God is faithful; He has not changed and cannot fail. #hagar Click To Tweet
God, do you see me?
Oh yes, dear one. He sees you. Perhaps it was His love and mercy that led you here. Maybe you are in this place at this very moment precisely because God has positioned you right where He wants you: in the wilderness. The place where battle-worn knees come crashing to the ground as a cloud of dust and darkness tries to swallow you forever, but God looks down from heaven with love in His eyes, watching the burning sand greedily devour your tears . . . listening, waiting until— she lifted up her voice and wept.”
Surrendering her idol of self-reliance, she came face-to-face with her complete and utter dependence on God. The moment her cry passed over heaven’s threshold, God called down to her from heaven, “What troubles you, Hagar?” …
Where in your life at this time do you need to know God sees you right where you are?
Do you believe God has a purpose for you in this situation? Explain.
What if God’s purposes were not revealed to you in this life? Would you still trust His plan?
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.