Everyday our lives are so busy with so many obligations. For example, those of us that are married, need time with our spouses to cultivate a relationship that will last. Then there are the needs of our children, the pets, the household chores, other relationships (family and friends), work, church activities, social functions, and school work, etc. How do we manage all these demands and still find the time to pray and read God's word so that our spiritual man can be fed and grow stronger. This is one of the questions that I always ask myself. I hope this blog will help make it easier to balance our busy lives so that we can make the time needed to be the person that God desires us to be. May I be a blessing to you.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Hagar a Single Parent
Have you ever asked yourself, how did I get into this mess when you found yourself in a situation where it appeared that no matter what you did, there was no positive outcome.
In my life, I have found myself in these types of situations more than once and sometimes, it was through no fault of my own. Nonetheless, no matter how I got into a bad situation, God was faithful to me and in His mercy, He heard my cries and made a way of escape that I could not have ever dreamed existed.
As I study God's word, I can relate some of my "No Positive Way Out Situations" to the story of a young Egyptian slave girl named Hagar. She found herself in a situation where her mistress Sarai forced her to lie with her husband Abram, because they wanted an heir (Genesis 16:1-3). Hagar was a victim of circumstance that happened to be in the wrong place at the right time.
As a result of their sexual union, Hagar became pregnant, which led to conflict between her and Sarai. In desperation Hagar fled into the wilderness in her pregnant condition, but God in His mercy watched over her and the angel of the Lord was sent to her. The angel of the Lord made Hagar a promise "I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude" (Genesis 16:4-10).
Hagar believed God, because she returned to her mistress and submitted herself. Later she gave birth to Ishmael, but the conflict between the two women only increased. In the end, Hagar and her son were forced out of Abrams' camp and sent out into the wilderness to fend for themselves, because the true heir, Isaac was born. However, God heard Hagar's cries and He protected them and He kept his promise to them (Genesis 21:9-21). God was merciful to Hagar when she found herself a single woman forced to raise Abrams' child alone. Despite the "no win situation" that she found herself in, God turned it into something positive.
Today, God is still the same God that He was to Hagar. He is merciful towards us and He seeks opportunities to make the crooked places in our lives straight and to bring us that way of escape where there seems to be no way, if we only humble ourselves and cry out to Him. It does not matter what circumstance you find yourself in, God is there patiently waiting to hear you cry out to Him and He will faithfully answer.