“Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.” Genesis 16:3
As you move through your daily activities, you might ask yourself, “Does God really see me?” The answer to this question is a resounding “yes.” God sees and God cares about everything that happens to you and in your life. He sees every choice you make and every emotion you feel. In our teaching for today, we venture into the life of Abram and Sarai who forgot that God sees and cares.
The LORD had made a covenant with Abram saying: “To your descendants I have given this land” (Gen. 15:18). It had been ten (10) years since Abram and his wife, Sarai arrived in Canaan and “no baby”. Sarai, thinking she was barren (and that God needed some help), persuaded Abram to take her handmaiden to fulfill the promise God had made to them. Sarai “took Hagar and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife” (Gen. 16:3).
Why did Sarai and Abram choose this plan? Perhaps they were impatient. Perhaps they weren’t aware that God operates in His time—eternity past, present, and future. To truly receive the benefit God has to offer, it will require that we sometime must “wait” on Him. It is in the waiting and exercising patience that we will receive all that God has for us (Prov. 8:34). While we’re waiting, God sees.
Did Sarai and Abram doubt God? James 1:6-8 describes the man who doubts God. James portrays him as “double minded” (wavering and uncertain) and “unstable” (restless and inconstant). That would be Sarai and Abram! If only this couple had called to their remembrance all the things that God had already provided, perhaps their focus would have been on praise versus panic. In times of doubting, God sees.
Did God see what was happening? God not only saw what was happening but He also knew the resulting effect of Sarai’s misguided plan. God is both omnipresent and omniscient. God is “everywhere present” and “all knowing.” God knows actual and possible, past present, and future. God saw and knew that there would be impacts from Sarai and Abram’s scheme that would reach even into the 21st century.
Do you find yourself growing impatient while waiting for God’s promises? Be patient—God sees! Are you anxious and restless because you’ve not received all that God assured is yours? Don’t doubt—God sees! The God of eternity sees!
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:7-10
Next week we will continue this thought that God sees as we look at the consequences of Abram and Sarai’s choice and the dilemma it creates for Hagar and her young son, Ishmael.