Genesis 16:13 “She [Hagar] gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.'” *
Hagar ran away after being mistreated by Sarai and now, God comforts her. She can return to her situation with confidence in the God who sees and cares for her. God has a plan for Hagar and her yet-to-be-born son, Ishmael.
Not only did God see Hagar, he saw the child in her womb and referred to him as a “wild donkey of a man…he will live in hostility toward all his brothers” (verse 12). Ishmael’s destiny was already in place.
do take my hand
give strength to return
to a hostile land,
where powers greater
than i have their way
and destiny bends
to divinity’s sway.
by Patty Perkins
*The One Year Bible, January 7, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.
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