And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
-The angel of the Lord found Hagar when she was desolate and afflicted. Hagar had been mistreated by her mistress Sarai and she ran away from her. By the spring to Shur, Hagar found favor before Jesus when He rescued her and she called Him, the Lord who sees. She also named the well; Beer Lahai Roy which means the well of the one who sees me alive. Hagar was instructed to submit to her mistress Sarai with a promise of a blessing; to multiply her and her descendants. This is the same instruction according to 1 Peter 2:18; that servants should submit to their masters whether they are good and considerate or harsh; in the fear of God. Like humility comes before honor, submission comes before favour. Hagar bore Abraham a son Ishmael; and they were blessed together with their descendants. We are also reminded to submit to those in authority including the kings of the land and God; the King of kings. Like Hagar submitted to God even during times of affliction and obeyed His instructions, we are called to submit to God during both times of trial and favorable times and His blessings will always follow us.
How unsearchable are You Lord and how unfathomable Your ways. How deep are the riches of Your wisdom and knowledge Oh Father. How unsearchable are Your judgments and paths untraceable. We seek Your face always Lord in submission to Your wisdom and hold fast our salvation with fear and trembling. We humbly come at Your feet Jesus our Saviour asking for Your mercy and grace. Hear our cries, supplications and prayers, and answer us according to Your merciful love. Heal the sick among us merciful Jesus and feed all the homeless and poor. Remember also the debtors Lord that you may provide for them the financial resources to settle their dues and kindle their hearts with Your love. Guide all leaders in the government, private sector and churches merciful Father; that they may always follow Your statutes and purposes for the benefit of all people. Fill our hearts with humility Holy Spirit we humbly ask You; that we may submit to those in authority and most importantly; submit to Your holy will. You are the King of kings and Lord of lord; Shepherd us Jesus in the way we should go. Amen
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