TUE. JUNE 21 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 16 – PASTOR JASON HOST

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Genesis 16

Hagar and Ishmael

16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaanten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”

“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

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.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

11 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,[a]
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 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[b] all his brothers.”

13 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[c] the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi[d]; it is still there, between Kadeshand Bered.

15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Devotional

Genesis 16
My one grandson loves the classic game of peekaboo. We play that game with God sometimes don’t we. We try to run away from the situation we’ve gotten ourselves into, like Hagar. We peek out into life see if the trouble is still there, then we duck back again trying to hide in our safe spot. But is it really safe? Are we really hidden?
Sarai became impatient. She was tired of waiting for God‘s promises and her disbelief led her to justifying sin and having her husband impregnate her servant Hagar.  They get impatient and try to solve the situation on their own. They wanted to help things along and came up with their own solution, yet God doesn’t need our help. Not only was this a sin against God‘s plan for marriage it was a sin against their own marriage. It was also a sin of unbelief and God‘s promise to Abram.
We try to justify sin. Instead of Abram saying Sarai, You’re my wife, I love you we need to walk in faith and wait for the promise God has given me, he was like OK that sounds good.  Abram dropped the ball. He acted in the flesh.  We have to walk in belief that all God‘s promises are yes and amen, just like that song. When God says he will do something… It will happen! Yes sometimes we have to wait a long time but God doesn’t need our help. What God needs is obedience and trust. As soon as Hagar realizes she is pregnant that relationship with Sarai changed. Jealousy, pride, hate, remorse… it all comes into the picture. So Hagar leaves, runs away.
We all try to run away from our problems right? But where are we really going … the problem just follows and comes along with you. Again… are you really hidden? We have to meet our problems head on. Hagar gets to the well and we see the first appearance from The angel of the Lord. And he asks, where are you going? The angel said listen to me because I have a plan for you. Trust me. Your location isn’t the problem, it’s a heart problem. The flesh wants to run away but it’s not your location that needs to be changed it’s your heart. What a word this morning Pastor Jason thank you.
God sees us just like he saw Hager at the well. We serve a God that knows what we’re going through. He sees and hears everything. He knows! God just wants to meet us at the well and give us new hope.
Repent, go back, I will protect you and bless you forever. Amen.
So my question today is:
What’s sin are you were running from?
Go to the well.
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