Genesis 16:7–16 (ESV)
Sarai and Hagar
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, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am
fleeing 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
surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,
you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
Lord has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between
Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old
when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
Because Abram and Sarai limited God’s power by determining what he
can and can’t do, Abram fathers a child through Hagar. We often play God by determining what he can and cannot do. We often put God in a box and forget that He is the creator of the world. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Sarai
seeks alternative means for fulfilling God’s promise. When God provides a son to Hagar, discord and strife arise because of jealousy and pride. How often our own households and marriages are torn asunder when we devise ways and means that God has not
commanded! Consider how willing our Lord was to submit Himself to everything the Father willed, even when that meant suffering at the hands of evil men and dying in their place. He has seen your suffering, and has taken it upon Himself. By His dying and His
rising, He makes sure the God who sees all is now graciously disposed toward you.”
I pray: Dear
Lord, though You see all, You promise now to see us only in Jesus. Tenderly work among us by Your means of grace, exercising Your fatherly care. In Jesus’ name. Amen.