January 21
Genesis 16:7-15

Abandoned, but not forgotten

Sarai’s servant Hagar was alone out in the desert. She felt rejected and abandoned.

While she was at a spring, the angel of the Lord came to her and asked, “Where have you come from and where are you going?”

Hagar answered, “I am running away from my mistress.”

Then the angel said, “Go back to her. The Lord has heard your cry. I will give you so many descendants that you will not be able to count them. You will have a son, and you will call him Ishmael.”

Then Hagar called the Lord who had spoken to her “A God Who Sees.”

Does God see and care when I feel unwanted?

Have you been to a party where no one seems to notice you or talk to you? It seems as though the others look right through you. Maybe you don’t even get invited to parties, and life is very lonely.

Abram and Sarai had rejected Hagar, and maybe she wondered whether Abram’s God had also forgotten her. She had no family to go to and no one to give her food. Yet God saw Hagar’s tears and He felt the pain in her heart!

God sees the pain of loneliness in every sad heart. In Isaiah 53:3, the prophet wrote that Jesus was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows who knew what it is like to suffer. Jesus, more than anyone else, knows what it feels like to be rejected. He wants to come to you and be your best friend, forever.

Verse for today

… I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5