Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. …….Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, Have I also here seen Him who sees me? see Gen16:7-14
The Hebrew word for found refers to finding someone or something that is lost or misplaced. Certainly Hagar must have felt both lost or misplaced. Alone in a barren desert wilderness, pregnant with a child because of another person’s willful desire…but she was not alone and the Angel of the Lord found her. This is where He often finds many of us – alone and in the wilderness. But rest assured He will find you. And He knows all about our past as well as our future. Even though He asked Hagar where she had come from and where she was going, He already knew the answers and yet He still cared to comfort her in her affliction.
Shur means wall so in a sense Hagar had her back against the wall as we commonly say when we find ourselves in difficult, stressful circumstances.
There is no wilderness we can flee to and be out of the sight of God. For the sinner this truth brings terror. For the saint walking in the light this truth brings great peace from knowing He is there and that he has seen the wrong others have committed against us and that He will avenge the wrong. Our call is to forgive those who have wronged us. We don’t know from the text if Hagar forgave Sarai, but we do know that this is God’s will for the righteous.
Hagar ran away from Sarai but ran into God. How many of us running away from some oppressive situation, some bad memory, some unfair treatment, etc, have run into God? The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum1:7
Do you need to run to Him and take refuge in the Strong Tower of His name El Roi right now? Then run for you won’t be disappointed. The adversity you are experiencing may not necessarily be assuaged (even as Hagar had to return to the setting of prior harsh treatment) but in your adversity you can take confidence that El Roi sees and He will send comfort in the affliction.
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.
Ps 139:1- 2