Scandalous Women of the Bible | Day Four
By: Brittany Green
Have you ever seen a little kid play hide and seek? It’s the funniest thing. They often hide in the most obvious places--sometimes even in the middle of the room! But they usually cover their eyes. It’s as if they believe that if they can’t see you, you can’t see them.
When I was five, my cousins and I were playing hide and seek. I hid so well under my grandmother’s bed that I fell asleep because they couldn’t find me. They eventually gave up and forgot to even look for me.
Do you think we play hide and seek with God?
I think it could be a possibility. Do you ever feel in life that you’re forgotten or far from God and that He can’t see you? Yeah, me too.
However, the reality is that He does see us, He knows us and loves us.
The women we’re going to talk about today forgot this truth and have to learn this lesson the hard way.
Read Genesis 16:1-6.
Who are the main players in today’s reading?
What stands out to you about their lives?
What is scandalous about them?
God had promised Abram and Sarai (later to be renamed Abraham and Sarah) that they’d have many descendants. However, the timing was a little slower than they would have liked. They were old and God hadn’t given them children yet. So they did what most people do, and took matters into their own hands.
Sarai gives Abram her servant to have children that would act as their own. As you could imagine, once Hagar has a son, Sarah becomes jealous and begins to mistreat Hagar. So Hagar flees.
Read Genesis 16:7-16 to finish out the story.
What stands out to you in the interaction between Hagar and the angel?
Look at verse 13: how does Hagar describe God?
Hagar didn’t ask to be put in this situation, but here she was.
And she felt abandoned, betrayed, but especially unseen or heard.
Do you ever feel unseen or unheard?
Do you ever feel unimportant or betrayed?
Sometimes we overanalyze the situation or someone else’s response and feel discounted.
But verse 13 teaches us that God is a God of seeing. He looks after His people. He sees your joys, sorrows, hurts, struggles. He sees you worrying over that boy you like or the friends that were snarky.
He sees your relationship with your parents and siblings. Even when we’re in the middle of the room hiding our face or forgotten under the bed, He still sees us.
Take time today to thank God that you are seen and known by Him. Tell Him about what’s going on in your life.
Tell Him where you’re at with the hiding game. Are you hiding your face from Him, feeling forgotten, or seeking Him? My prayer is that you know that the Father sees us and loves us enough to pursue us.
Rest in that truth today.