When Plans Don’t Go Our Way

Leah DiPascal

Day: 16 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 16

Genesis 16:7-8 (NIV) “The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 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.”

Abused. Unwanted. Poor. Rejected. Single. Pregnant.

Hagar had good reasons to run away, but the Lord had something else in mind for her. A better plan that would change her life and dramatically alter the future of the baby she was carrying inside of her.

But, why should she listen? Why should she go back to Sarai who harshly ruled over her and Abram, who was the father of her child, but wanted nothing to do with her or the baby? Whom could she trust? Who would take care of her in such a volatile environment?

In this brief encounter, the angel of the Lord gave Hagar some information:

Instruction:Go back to your mistress and submit to her” (Genesis 16:9).

Confirmation:You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son” (Genesis 16:11).

Declaration: “You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery” (Genesis 16:11).

Promise: I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count” (Genesis 16:10).

Although Hagar felt invisible, God saw her. Although Hagar’s cries for help were ignored by others, God heard her and responded. God comforted Hagar with a promise and validated the calling He had placed on her life.

How did Hagar respond? She responded in faith: “You are the God who sees me … I have now seen the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).

God’s assignment for Hagar wouldn’t be easy. She would give birth to Abram’s first son, Ishmael, but he would not be regarded favorably. Yet she knew the Lord was with her and would take care of her, even if no one else would.

Are you currently dealing with a situation that’s difficult or seems unfair? Maybe you’re facing an overwhelming assignment that’s more than you can handle. Are others causing you to feel rejected, unwanted and invisible?

Friend, God sees you. He knows the difficulty you’re facing and He’s ready to help. Will you trust Him? Will you respond in faith?

Prayer: Lord, thank You for coming to my rescue. Help me to move forward in faith, as I face today’s assignments, believing You are with me and will help me every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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