Obeying When You Don't Understand
Evangelist Stacey Lunsford
Genesis 16:1-9 (NIV)
1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."
Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.
When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me."
6 "Your servant is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.
9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." 10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."
Abram, Sarai's husband, did what his wife asked him to do and received Hagar as his wife to bare children for Sarai and Abraham. After Hagar conceived, Sarai got mad at Abraham and blamed him for her troubles.
Can you imagine how Abram must have felt?
"Sarai, I was obedient to your request, I did what you asked me to do, I did what you required of me, I don't understand why you are so upset with me."
Hagar, a servant of Sarai, was obedient to Saria when she presented her to Abraham so that Hagar could build their family for them.
When Hagar conceived, Sarai began to despise and mistreat Hagar, and as a result of Sarai's mistreatment, Hagar ran away.
Can you imagine how Hagar felt, when Sarai began to mistreat her?
"I was only being obedient, doing what I was asked to do, doing what I was required to do and now, I am being mistreated...I don't understand."
In verse 9 the angel of the Lord told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." ..........Continue