But Abram said to Sarai, "Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please." Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.
The sad saga of Sarah and Hagar is remarkable. Sarah longs for a child but endless months go by and she never gets pregnant. Finally, she gives her servant, Hagar, to Abraham to have a child by her, a practice acceptable in the ancient world but by no means acceptable with God. Hagar does get pregnant and then treats Sarah with pride and contempt. Sarah is furious and mistreats Hagar to the point that Hagar flees into the desert to run away.
This sounds like a torrid soap opera! Things look bleak for Hagar. But then God reveals himself to Hagar in the desert. There God speaks to her, encourages her, challenges her, assures her. Hagar is flooded with relief and comfort:
So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, "You are a God of seeing," for she said, "Truly here I have seen him who looks after me" (Genesis 16:13).
"You are a God of seeing."
These are words to live by.
Understand the heart of God towards you. Whatever you are going through, no matter how painful, no matter how lonely, no matter how overwhelming,
God sees you.
God knows. God cares. God sees.
His eyes are on you. He never takes his eyes from you. He knows all you are going through. He knows all that is in your heart.
is the God who sees you.
He will never abandon you.