May 24 – Genesis 21:8-21

May 24 – Genesis 21:8-21

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Thank You Father for showing Your kindness to Hagar and her child. It shows what a loving God You are, which I know, but sometimes the world tries to portray You as only a judging God, or some as a God who doesn’t care because of the horrible things that happen on earth. The ones who know You, know better. This is a great story for us to be able to combat the negative comments that come from unbelievers and see the truth about who You are and how You love. It is interesting to me that so many see You as a judge and dictator style god, while some churches try to portray You as only love that knows no discipline. Love that gives money to those who believe, which means if we struggle financially, we are doing something wrong. I see Jesus Himself during His ministry having enough to get by and nothing more. I see His followers struggle to pay their taxes and having to work hard to keep their families fed. You are a loving God who disciplines us when we need redirection. I don’t see it as discipline just as punishment, but I see You working to get our attention to help us see truth and help us make corrections so we can get back into a relationship with You that helps us grow. I think of David being corrected by Nathan and the loss of that first child. But He is known as a man after Your heart, God. One who wants to know You and be as much like You as humanly possible. Not so he can boast but so he can serve You to the best of his ability. I think of Jonah being disciplined so he could be redirected to be obedient to You. We all want to be successful without being disciplined or redirected. At least I know I do, but I also know that I need that discipline from You. I need Your loving touch to lead me in the right path, and as stubborn as I am, I know a light tap won’t do.
Thank You Father for loving me so much You are willing to discipline me and help me be the best for You as You grow me to be more like Jesus, and less like me.
In Jesus’ name.

This is the second time Hagar has departed from Abraham and Sarah.
What brought about this departure? Have you ever made a regretful decision due to jealousy for yourself or someone you cared about?
How did Hagar attempt to protect her child?
Once again, God deals with Hagar in such a kind manner. His provisions are always more than adequate, as we see Ishmael become a capable young man. What role did Ishmael play in Abraham’s covenant with God?
Thank God for how He has provided for you, not only physical provisions, but emotional and spiritual as well.

Genesis 21:8-21

8 And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.” 11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.” 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. 18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.


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