In Your Desert Times
Do you ever struggle with guilt, feeling as if you haven’t been forgiven? Do you ever think, “How could God forgive me for what I’ve done?” Do you ever have moments where you feel as if the Lord doesn’t care or couldn’t possibly understand your situation? Do you sometimes feel like you are insignificant?
I want to take you on a little journey and see if I can help you to see things differently.
Let’s begin by taking a look at Hagar. This woman was a strong-willed, Egyptian slave woman. She wasn’t even Hebrew! And this woman also had a mean streak in her when she taunted Sarah for not being able to bear children. In spite of this, God does some incredible things in her life.
Genesis 16:7 – The angel of the Lord found Hagar. Notice it doesn’t say that AN angel found her. Rather, it says THE angel of the Lord found her. And he did it for an Egyptian. Not only that – but he did it for an Egyptian woman! Women were considered rather low-class citizens back in that time period. Yet the Lord never showed up like this for men like Adam, Noah, and Abram!
Next, God gave Hagar a promise. He told her that her descendants would be too numerous to count. (Genesis 16:10)
Not only does the angel find Hagar once, he finds her twice! (Genesis 21) He searches her out in the desert and promises to make her son into a great nation.
Now, my friend, think about this! If God sends the angel of the Lord to the middle of the desert not once, but twice, to a heathen slave girl, what will he do for you, daughter of the King? He sent his Son to die for you, and he adopted you as his own. His plans are to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Whatever your desert is, God is there, and his promises are for you.
© 2014, Stacy R. Miller