Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser Print E-mail
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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 03 May 2018 00:00

Sunday, May the 13th will be Mother’s Day, so it is fitting we should begin to look at role models of Mothers found in the Bible. This week, let us consider Hagar: The Mother Who Endured. The story is found in Genesis chapters 16, 17, and 21. Please read it when you can.

Hagar was an Egyptian slave and a maidservant to Sarah, the wife of Abraham; she didn’t have much say about anything, and especially not in becoming Abraham’s wife. Though her status changed, she was still secondary to Sarah.

Once Hagar became pregnant with Abraham’s child, a rift developed between her and Sarah. After receiving mistreatment from Sarah, Hagar fled toward her homeland. But she met the angel of the Lord God Yahweh who told her to return. He also promised her numerous descendants through her son, whom she was to name Ishmael. That name means “God Hears.”

Later, Hagar and her son Ishmael were sent away into the desert, where she believed they would both die. But God is faithful and showed her a well. Genesis 21 tells us, “God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt”

Hagar thought she would get to escape her misery, but God called her to return to it. She obeyed, and He blessed her and her son just as He promised He would.

God our Father blesses us despite human error! We are not victims of circumstance, but victors through Jesus. The example of Hagar reminds us that those who endure hardships, and have not grown weary, will be provided for by a loving Father God, who cares for all those who cry out to him in prayer and trust Him.

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