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Jun
30

Single Ladies, Part 3: Hagar

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Joy Jochems - Single Moms Bloggerjoy-singlep3I am so excited to share about this single lady, I almost can’t sit still long enough to write her story! Through a Bible study and His Word, God uncovered for me several truths about Hagar that have placed her among my favorite Bible characters.

An Egyptian slave in the home of Abraham and Sarah, Hagar had undoubtedly heard of God Almighty. She had also been taken from her homeland and placed into service. As we learn in Genesis, it wasn’t always a “happy home” in which Hagar worked.  (Take a few moments to read her story in Genesis 16 & 21).

All of the characters in this saga reap some less-than-desirable rewards for their decisions and actions. Jealousy arises, disdain grows, abuse ensues. Out of the chaos and conflict, a son is born. Ishmael, the offspring of Hagar & Abraham, bears the name that means “God hears”. He’s born to a mother who has already fled to the wilderness once. And when Ishmael is a teenager, both he and Hagar are sent packing. Hagar is battered and bitter, rejected by the father of her child, a single mom, alone, hopeless.

Yet from the ashes of her life, Hagar offers beautiful treasures that span the millennia and bring richness to our lives today…

Hagar alone addresses God as El Roi. From the wilderness, through her tears, she lays herself bare before “the God Who Sees”. On a level no one else in her life understood, she knew intimacy with God. She knew she was not forgotten. She talked with God, knew His nearness, watched for His answers, called Him by a very personal name.

Hagar also found that “God is enough”. It’s likely that Hagar never remarried. And we know that after the second “send off”, Hagar never returned to Abraham and Sarah. Scripture says (Genesis 21:20) she raised Ishmael in the wilderness. No spouse, no support, no source of income. God’s answer was not to deliver Hagar and Ishmael from the barren wasteland but to faithfully provide for all their needs in the desert. In spite of her wrongs (i.e. Genesis 16:4) in spite of her circumstances (or maybe because of!), God spoke to her, provided for her, cared for her, and wove her story into His Word.

Some of you have suffered greatly at the hands of those who are supposed to love you and provide for you.  Some of you are – even now – living in a desert land, crying out for relief. Others understand all too well the pain of abandonment, the struggle of being a single mom, or the scars of abuse.

Take heart, my sisters…

Ours is the God who sees.
Ours is the God who hears.
Ours is the God who provides.
Ours is the God who knows.

Ours is the God who is enough.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at joy@cwahm.com.

 

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