What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Hagar?
Context (Genesis 16-21): Hagar was Sarah’s maid. When Sarah was old and she didn’t think she could have children, she selected Hagar to be her surrogate mom and have a baby with Abraham for her. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarah despised Hagar and Hagar fled to the wilderness. An angel of the Lord appeared to her and instructed her to go back to Abraham’s family.
After both Ishmael (Hagar’s son) and Isaac (Sarah’s son) were born, one day Sarah caught Ishmael teasing Isaac. This time Sarah had Hagar and Ishmael sent away into the wilderness. In the wilderness, out of water and facing the death of her son, again Hagar walked away because she could not face seeing her son die. Again God intervened to save them.
Key Life Learnings:
- Escape is only a temporary solution (Genesis 16; 21:8-21). Although you would agree that Hagar had been unfairly treated by Sarah and by Abraham, her solution was to try to walk away from her circumstances and her pain. Going into the wilderness and then walking away from her child felt better for the moment than the facing her troubles, but the wilderness would have eventually killed her and her son. God had a much better plan in mind. God wants us to face our trials and let His grace meet our needs. That is the path to true growth and peace. (James 1:2-4)
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