January 17, 2019

THE LOVING FATHER ALWAYS PURSUES US

This is how we know that our God is a loving Father who always pursues us no matter what we have done. Hagar fled from her mistress because Sarai dealt with her harshly.  Genesis 16:7-12 reads “Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. And He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from. and where are you going?” She said, I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” The Angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude, ” And the Angel of the LORD said to her, “Behold, you are with child. And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man. His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

What can we learn from this story? Hagar misbehaved , and when her mistress dealt with her harshly, she fled from the presence of her mistress and wandered into the wilderness, where the Angel of the LORD found her/  And the Angel told her to return to her mistress and submit to her. God honors our right attitude. “Go back Hagar and do what you used to do, be of good behavior, respect Sarai because she is still your mistress”…this was what the Angel of the LORD was saying to Hagar in my own make up. He was indirectly telling her that she did not have to despise (be rude to) her because she was now with child. Pride entered into her and she believed she had now become the real wife of Abram because she was with child. The bible says “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”  (Proverbs 16:18). Despite the fact that Hagar misbehaved, the LORD had compassion on her, corrected her, and advised her to go back home and do what is right. God is a merciful God. He again overlooked Hagar’s sin, and even blessed her with the blessing of Abram. He told her “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly”  like the sand of the seashore that cannot be counted, because it was Abram’s offspring. He gave her the name of the child and the future of the child.

What happened between Abram, Sarai and Hagar was what we can call “permissive will of God” It was not the plan of God concerning Abram. God ‘s covenant was not on Ishmael but on the son that would be coming to Sarai.  Sarai wanted a child from Hagar and the LORD gave her a child that would be contrary to God’s plan for Sarai, because now this child would be wild and be against Sarai’s son that was yet to come.  The perfect will of God is much better than the permissive will of God. This is why we need to wait on the LORD for His perfect will. If you are waiting on the LORD concerning any situation, and it seems to you that the waiting is too long, remember the story of Sarai and Hagar, that the LORD does not forget anyone, but His timing is different from ours and His ways are different from our ways. His words in Matthew says “DO NOT WORRY” about anything..food, clothing, drink,,,(Matthew 6) just have Faith in God. These words of the Bible were written for our learning. Many problems that we enter into today was because we run ahead of God. Patience is a virtue, and if we can endure pain or discomfort while waiting we have acquired patience. God will endow us with the spirit of patience that will wait on Him until His perfect will is done in our lives in Jesus Name, Amen.

Psalm 103:10, 13 says, “He has not dealt with us according to our sins. Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear him. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him: The LORD’s mercy will not depart from us in Jesus Name, Amen. Stay blessed.

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