Genesis 16:9 NKJV - "The Angel of the Lord said to her [Hagar], 'Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand."
This verse is speaking of Sarai's maid, Hagar, who was "used" by Sarai to "obtain children by her" vs. 2. I look at Hagar as a woman caught up in a life she didn't want, couldn't avoid, and didn't know how to get out of, and probably wondered what in the world would she do if she could leave. She was a house-slave. Even though her master and mistress were Abram and Sarai (these were they're names at this point in Genesis. Later they would be known as Abraham and Sarah), she was still treated as an object they owned and used as they wished. There was no record of any request given to Hagar to be a 2nd wife to her master. She was basically told what to do and she had to obey. Yes, she did get pregnant and was with child, which most women in the land at that time always counted it a blessing to become pregnant. And she was fully aware of the frustration of her mistress, Sarai, who was getting very old and never was able to have a child. We see in verse 4 that when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she "despised" Sarai. And that set off a "fire-storm" in Abram's home. But it also led to Sarai treating Hagar so bad that Hagar "fled form her presence."
Hagar was used, misused, abused (by Sarai), confused, and ultimately refused. And by verse 6 and 7 she was alone and totally forsaken. But, not quite "totally." God was there in the Person of the Angel of the Lord. He asked Hagar a two-part question, "...where have you come from?" and "...where are you going?" (This is very similar to what would happen to Elijah as recorded in 1 Kings 19. Read that sometime). Hagar could only answer the first part of the question, she was "...fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai." She didn't have an answer for the second part. Obviously, she probably didn't have a clue where she should go.
Ever feel like you're in Hagar's place? You got into a life you didn't choose, got involved with things you may have agreed to do, but with little comprehension of the consequences to your actions. Now, or at one time you felt used, abused, confused, and ultimately refused, just like Hagar. You're running from the past but you don't have a clue where you're going! And you feel alone. Well, not quite, from my vantage point. Look up, God is fully aware of what is going on in your life. Psalm 33:13-16 NLT, "The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race [including you]. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do." He understands you. And He knows what you've faced, why you're on the run, but He knows where you can go. Where's that, you ask? Take time to read all of Genesis 16. You'll see the answer, but I'll comment on that in tomorrow's Daily Verse.
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