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Weekly Devotionals

Where Are You Going?

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” 

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the Lord has heard of your misery.

He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers.”

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” – Genesis 16:7-13

I find it fascinating that often times when God shows up, He asks questions. We see this in the Garden of Eden, with Job, with Elijah; God asking questions.

When God meets Hagar in the desert, He asks her a simple question; where are you coming from and where are you going? Hagar answers the surface level question; she’s running away from Sarai.

But God’s response is interesting. He addresses that surface level (go back to Sarai and Abram), but then God hits at the deeper heart issue. Hagar is a slave, and the child inside her would not be counted as her own. God tells Hagar that not only will she have an incredible amount of descendants, but the child inside her would be a son who would not be a slave or ruled over.

Hagar’s response is to name God El Roi- the God who sees me. God saw to the deepest places of Hagar’s heart, and spoke words to comfort her.

In our walk with the Lord, let us be listening for God to ask us questions, for when God asks questions, it reveals our heart. And when our heart is revealed to ourselves, God can speak words of truth and life where we need it.