The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.
In the Bible there is the story of Abraham & Sarah. Long story short, God had promised them many descendants. As they had reached an old age still with no children. They thought they would help God with His promise & take matters into their own hands. Sarah offered Abraham her servant Hagar to have a child with. Hagar become pregnant & prideful, which caused Sarah to become jealous & start mistreating her. Hagar rebelled & ran away into the desert.
While there, an angel of the Lord came to her & asked 2 vitally powerful questions. Then after asking her the questions, not only did He tell her to return to her mistress but to do so Submissively. The questions the Lord ask Hagar which are still vitally powerful & important for us today, are:
1) Where have you come from?
2) Where are you going?
We obviously don’t have the same issues as Hagar but are you rebelling against God & His ways? At some point as a believer there comes a time, no matter where we are at in our relationship with the Lord. That we can go no further with Him until we ask ourselves: Am I running from something I need to be facing?
We often try to fill our lives with stuff that will keep us distracted & busy from taking a moment to stop, face & deal with those things we are running from. By doing that we only hold ourselves back, missing out on so many freedoms & blessings the Lord wants us to walk in. However, by submissively coming to the Lord & asking His help to face the Truth. You are taking your first step to Life, whether its eternal life or one of fullness in Him here on earth.
Hagar eventually found where she was going by facing the fact that she was running.Then chose to obey the Lord when He told her to go back to Sarah. Often times we can only find where we are going by facing the fact that we are running out of fear from the very direction that we should be heading. That is why its so important that we choose daily to seek & maintain our relationship with the Lord.
It is our faith in Him & His Word that cancels out all fear. He is the only One who can tell / reveal to us who we are & where we need to be going!
By Ruth Griffith