Genesis 16:4-6 gives the account of Hagar, the Egyptian servant girl of Sarai, who despised Sarai when she conceived. Sarai had brought this upon herself, for she had asked Abram, her husband, to take Hagar as his wife so that she may obtain children through Hagar, instead of trusting and depending on the Lord God, who had promised Abram, not just a seed, but an entire nation through him. Now Sarai is despised and complains to Abram and what is interesting to note is that she actually blames Abram that it is his fault that she is in the situation she is in – despised by her own servant girl. Furthermore, Sarai, drags the Lord into her situation, and seeks justice for what she rightfully had received. Abram does not get involved and lets Sarai deal with Hagar as Sarai pleased, and Sarai treats Hagar so harshly that Hagar flees from her mistress.
Points to ponder:
What can we learn from this? When we do not depend on the Lord God, we potentially put ourselves in a position where people can despise us. Are you and I depending on the Lord God or are we being despised by people. If it is the latter, it is highly likely that we are not doing the former. Depend on the Lord God.
Genesis 16:4-6 (KJV)
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.
6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.