From The Heart

He sees you and He hears you

Genesis 16 is the story of Hagar (meaning stranger), a young Egyptian slave girl in the household of Abram and Sarai, who became Abram’s concubine and the mother of Ishmael.

We see in this chapter that when Hagar conceived, there was a falling out between Sarai and Hagar, and Hagar fled into the wilderness to escape the harsh treatment of Sarai. Amazingly the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water and told her to return to her mistress. He also gave her an amazing promise about the future of her unborn son. Hagar called the name of the Lord who spoke to her “You are the God Who sees” (verse 13), for she said “Have I also here seen Him Who sees me”. Her relationship with the Lord increased.

Hagar goes back to Abram and Sarai and Ishmael is born. In the course of time (Genesis 17),we read how God comes to Abram and Sarai and tells them they will have a son together, and that God will establish His covenant with their son Isaac.

Genesis 21 is the next time Hagar is mentioned. When Isaac has grown and is weaned, Sarah tells Abraham to cast Hagar and her son out – and Abraham in verse 14, gives bread and water to Hagar and her boy, and sends them away. They wander in the wilderness, and when the water is used up, Hagar places the boy under a shrub and goes a distance away, lifts up her voice and weeps.

God hears the voice of the lad, (verse17) and comes to Hagar and says “what ails you Hagar, for God has heard the voice of the lad”.

“THEN GOD OPENED HER EYES AND SHE SAW A WELL OF WATER”. Provision!!

What can we glean from this story? In the midst of her wilderness, Hagar met with the “God Who sees and hears”. After her previous wilderness experience, she hears the voice of the Lord, and “sees” His provision for her and her son.

Psalm 23 tells us that the Lord is our Shepherd and we shall not want. He LEADS us beside still waters, into green pastures, and in the paths of righteousness. Though I walk THROUGH (through) the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear because Your rod and staff COMFORT me. He has prepared a table of provision (in the wilderness) in the presence of our enemies.

Beloved, remember today that “He sees you and He hears you”. He will not leave nor forsake you. Be comforted and strengthened.

God bless.

Kath

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