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Genesis 16:10-14

Finding God's Purpose

10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. 13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? 14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

Hagar must have thought that things couldn't get any worse. Not only was she a run away slave lost in the desert with nowhere to go, but now the angel of the Lord had commanded her to return to Sarai. However, she would now learn that even at the depths of despair God was with her and had a purpose for her life. Although she had been involved in the sin of Abram, God would use her to accomplish His will.

"And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude." This is almost the same promise made to Abram without the promise that her seed would bless the whole world.

Hagar was told to name her son Ishmael, which means God that hears. God had heard her voice cry out for His mercy. Our station in life does not matter to God. He hears the prayers of the rich, the poor, the slave, and the free. He hears us when we are in despair and when we are perfectly content, when we are sick and when we are healthy, when we are good or lost in the wilderness of sin. It is never too late to cry out for His help, because He already has a plan waiting for each of us.

That is one of the greatest rewards of the Christian life. Drawing closer to Christ helps us to discover God's purpose for us. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10) Wouldn't it be terrible to end your life knowing that you had wasted it playing meaningless music or earning money you never had time to enjoy? But when we come to Christ, God gives us a purpose for our work. Musicians can play and sing to the glory of God and spread the gospel with their lyrics. Our works are transformed from meaningless and worthless time wasters to works whose products will last for eternity and earn us eternal rewards in heaven. This is true of everything that we do. Christ gives value and purpose to our lives.

Hagar realized that God was aware of her. "Thou God seest me!" She was not alone. She suddenly knew that she could return to Sarai and be her slave; and she knew that she could bear Sarai's wrath and jealous persecution, because God was with her. Hagar's whole outlook on life was changed. She could face the difficult, frightening, times that life had in store for her and she could obey God regardless of the cost, because God was with her.

Christ's promise to us is the same today. "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20) Like Hagar, we must go back into the world as God's obedient servants. We cannot hide in our church buildings, which are a nice place to worship, but true worship is found in acts of uncompromised obedience. We have no reason to fear what will happen, because Christ is always with us. "Thou God seest me!"

Before The Throne:

Are you hiding in the wilderness? Pray and ask God for his assurance that He is with you. Ask Him to show you how to make your life and work eternally important. Pray until you find your purpose in Jesus Christ. Let God transform you today to be all that He meant you to be.

For Further Study:

** the angel. Gen 22:15-18; 31:11-13; 32:24-30; 48:15,16; Ex 3:2-6; Jud 2:1-3; 6:11; Jud 6:16,21-24; 13:16-22; Isa 63:9; Ho 12:3-5; Zec 2:8,9; Mal 3:1; Joh 1:18; Ac 7:30-38; 1Ti 6:16; ** I will. Gen 17:20; 21:13,16; 25:12-18; Ps 83:6,7;

(v.11) ** shalt. Gen 17:19; 29:32-35; Isa 7:14; Mt 1:21-23; Lu 1:13,31,63; ** because. Gen 41:51,52; 1Sa 1:20; ** hath. Gen 29:32,33; Ex 2:23,24; 3:7; Job 38:41; Ps 22:24;

(v.12) ** be a. Gen 21:20; Job 11:12; 39:5-8; ** his hand. Gen 27:40; ** he shall. Gen 25:18;

(v.13) ** called. Gen 22:14; 28:17:19; 32:30; Jud 6:24; ** Thou. Gen 32:30; Ex 33:18-23; 34:5-7; Ps 139:1-12; Pr 5:21; 15:3; ** him that. Gen 31:42;

(v.14) ** Beer-lahri-roi. Gen 21:31; 24:62; 25:11; ** Kadesh. Nu 13:26;


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