Now the Angel of the Lord found [Hagar] by a spring of water in the wilderness… –Genesis 16:7
Here we find Hagar…pregnant…in the wilderness…100 miles from home…alone…when HE finds her. THE Angel of the Lord. THE Messenger of the Lord. This is more than just an angel. This is God Himself. This is an Old Testament appearance of Jesus Christ.
Take a minute to think about that…
The first appearance of the THE Angel of the Lord was to a poor pregnant Gentile slave woman who was caught in a really bad situation.
Hagar was conscripted into this mess because Abram and Sarai were so twisted in their lack of faith. It wasn’t her fault. She had to feel so alone and scared.
It was in the midst of those circumstances, in the midst of that mess, that Jesus found her and was gracious to her. Jesus found her…and came to her…and comforted her…and challenged her…and gave her a great and precious promise (Genesis 16:7-12).
Life is messy, isn’t it? We fail. We falter. We complicate our lives with compromise.
BUT…God is still God…and His promises still hold true.
Maybe you’re in a mess. Maybe it’s a mess of your making…maybe it’s a mess from circumstances beyond your control.
Maybe your far from home.
Maybe you’re all alone.
Take heart…THE Angel of the Lord sees you. He knows you. He knows your story. And in the midst of your mess…He will come to you…He will comfort you…He will give you great and precious promises.