Here we witness that like Abram, Sarai had trouble believing God’s promise and she took matters in her own hands by giving Hagar to Abram. Out of this lack of faith came a series of problems. This invariably happens when we take over for God trying to make his promise come true through efforts that are not in line with his specific directions. In this case, time was greatest test of Abram and Sarai’s willingness to let God work in their lives. Sometimes we too must simply wait. When we ask God for something and have to wait, it is a temptation to take matters into our own hands and interfere with God’s plan.
The verse that has touched our hearts while reading the chapter is as follows:
So she named the LORD who spoke to her, “You are El-roi”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”
Let’s Pray: Lord my refuge, encourage us to serve You wholeheartedly. It stands true that we are to live for God and we are likely to be at the right place at the right time. Father, help us be patient and kind and loving. Amen.
Chapter 16: Hagar and Ishmael
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar, 2 and Sarai said to Abram, “You see that the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my
-girl; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife.
4 He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my slave-girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”
6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Your slave-girl is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she ran away from her.
7 The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, slavegirl of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” said, “I am running away from my mistress Sarai.”
9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her.”
10 The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will so greatly multiply your offspring that they cannot be counted for multitude.”
11 And the angel of the LORD said to her, “Now you have conceived and shall bear a son; you shall call him Ishmael, for the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild ass of a man, with his hand against everyone, and everyone’s hand against him; and he shall live at odds with all his kin.”
13 So she named the LORD who spoke to her, “You are El-roi”; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?”
14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
15 Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.