“Truly here I have seen Him who looks after me.” (Genesis 16:13b Esv).
Ahhhhh …. that’s how I imagine the exclamation of Hagar’s heart as she spoke these words. I wonder how long and how far she had traveled before the Angel of the LORD found her by the spring. I’m sure I could find out but that’s not important. She was fleeing and now she was found. That’s what counts.
Here was Hagar, a foreigner in Abram’s entourage, resting most likely by the spring on the way to Shur. She had been used by man in an attempt to fulfill the Lord’s promise and then harshly mistreated by Sarah. Not knowing which way to turn, she fled carrying Abram’s child within her. Where was she going? Perhaps she was heading back to Egypt. Would she even survive the journey in the wilderness? Helpless, hopeless, alone and scared. And then the angel of the LORD found her. She may have fled from the presence of her mistress but she could not flee from the presence of the Lord. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, 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).
Ever so gently, the angel of the LORD spoke with her, questioning her, guiding her to her next step of action. “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” Then came the words of promise about the son in her womb. How did Hagar, the first to be visited by the pre-incarnate Christ, respond? “So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing.” It was to Hagar that God revealed Himself as El Roi – the God who sees. Hagar then did what the angel of the LORD instructed her to do. She returned to her mistress. She bore Abram a son. How could she do that? She had seen the God who sees and knew His name “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).
Are you, like Hagar, attempting perhaps to “flee” from life’s circumstances rather than submit to the One who is sovereign over them and will see you through? The God who saw Hagar sees you. He knows. He cares. He understands. He has not forsaken those who seek Him! Trust Him!