There are some who think that God wants you healthy, wealthy and to have a problem free life and if this isn’t your experience; then you are doing something wrong. In the extreme, some even think that God doesn’t love you or He’s mad at you if life isn’t going smooth. This is an interesting thought, but obviously not Scripture, because the sun rises and the rain falls on the righteous and unrighteous (Matt 5:4). So, both good and bad things can enter a person’s life whether righteous or not.
Now, there are times that God blesses the diligent with riches whether righteous or not. Generally, the ones who exercises and eats properly will have good health, but this isn’t always true. There are times that it seems that life is going your way and smooth sailing is on the horizon; like driving up “that one road” loaded with stop lights and hitting all green lights; unlike most days where you hit every red light. There are times that everything is going great but usually though, smooth sailing, green lights, good health and riches are not an everyday occurrence for most people. Recognizing that God sees and hears you through the good and bad times in life will help you endure and focus on what God is doing in your life for His Glory.
Abram and Sarai (later called Abraham and Sarah) was promised a child in Genesis chapter fifteen. Since Sarai was barren; they felt that it was necessary to help God keep His promise by having her maid, Hagar, and Abram conceive a child together. Since Hagar is Sarai’s possession; any child from Hagar is technically Sarai’s.
The plan to help God seemed brilliant until the deed was done and Hagar became pregnant with Abram’s child. Immediately, Sarai despised Hagar and treated her harshly. Because of the severe treatment; Hagar escaped Sarai’s presence.
Hagar was now a runaway slave and she could be killed if caught, but fleeing from such harsh treatment seemed worth the risk. Once out in the wilderness a distance from home; the Angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar and the Lord instructed her return to Sarai’s presence and submit to her.
Submit to Sarai? Did God know or hear correctly the trouble that Sarai caused Hagar? Or how awkward it was going to be now since she is having a child for Abram and Sarai is still unable to become pregnant?
God did know, see and hear her troubles and because of it; Hagar was going to get a multitude of descendants through the child that was within her and to be a continual reminder of God’s promise; she is to name her son Ishmael which means “God hears.”
Being an Egyptian, Hagar was familiar with acknowledging deities for her provisions. Nothing is told before this if Hagar recognized God as being the one true God before this encounter but afterwards she sees that this God of Abram is not like the Egyptian gods.
Abram’s God is the “God who sees.”
Then Hagar called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” Genesis 16:13
Hagar recognized that this God of Abram loved her and He was the God that sees and hears everything. She was ready to return to Sarai without any promise if the harsh treatment was going to stop, continue or even intensify. She willingly accepted her lot knowing that possible pain could be in her future, but she knew God loved her and He was watching and listening. Hagar was confident that if even life was not easy; God was with her and all of this was going to be used for the glory of God.
Like Hagar; whether in good times or bad; you can go about your life knowing that God sees and hears you. God is watching and listening. He loves you with an everlasting love and He wants to use you for His Glory.
…O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all… How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:1-4, 17