Knowing God in Dry Places


Many of you are experiencing dry seasons in your marriage and may be feeling desolate, abandoned, and on the verge of giving up. You have walked obediently and faithfully, yet you are in this position. You may be asking God, “Why?” I want to encourage you by drawing upon the biblical account of Hagar’s story. God heard the cry of Hagar’s heart, and He hears the cries of yours, as well.
When we look at Hagar’s story in Genesis 16, we see that she was the Egyptian maid of Sarah. Sarah gave her maid to her husband Abraham, so that he might create a child with her that they could raise as their own. God had promised Abraham at the seasoned age of 99 that He would open Sarah’s womb and give them a child and establish an everlating covenant with their descendants. Sarah was at least 90 years old and doubted God’s promise. Sarah was trying to manifest and perpetuate God’s promise in her own striving. She was not patient to wait on God’s timing. When her maid became pregnant with Abraham’s child, Sarah became jealous and had her husband to send Hagar out from their midst into the desert and he left the decision up to Sarah. Hagar fled their midst on her own as Sarah began to mistreat her. Think how Hagar must have felt. She must have felt such betrayal, hurtm and resentment at being treated badly when all that she did was what her mistress Sarah had orchestrated between her and Abraham. She had obediently done her bidding, and now had to flee for her saftey in her pregnant condition. She probably cried out in her heart, ” Lord, isn’t that what I was called to do? To have a child for her husband? Now, I am being punished and  suffer for being obedient.” The angel of the Lord appeared to her and asked her why she was running away and encouraged her to return to Sarah and submit to her. ” Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” The angel of the Lord also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
    and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.” (Gen.16:9-11).
Let me encourage you that God has heard of your misery as well. Continue to submit and walk out your faithfulness. Don’t give up or run away. (Not speaking of situations of violence*). Continue believing God for His promises for your marriage to manifest! In your dry places you may be feeling depleted and filled with despair. Know that God has named your trial and hears your misery. Look upon your situation and like Hagar, declare the name of God according to your need. In your dry places, you may feel alone and invisible, but call on El Roi, the God who sees me! He sees you just like He saw Hagar!
” She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (Gen.16:13)
I pray that in all of your dry places, in your heart, mind, and spirit, in your faith, and your marriage, that the Lord will cause your eyes to open up and see His provision and blessings right where you are. ” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.”(Gen.21:19). I pray Lord that You would cause us to see the wells You have put in place in our midst. Increase our faith and help us to understand that You are not a God who sits aloof and uninvolved in our struggles. You are El Roi, the God who sees me! You see each and every detail of our lives. Lord, comfort every wife and let her know that You hear her cries. Give her the strength to do what is Your will in spite of troubles. Let her not be afraid but help her to know that Your promises are true. Open our eyes to see the wells where we can be refreshed. Bring times of refreshing in Your presence Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you are feeling like Hagar did, I pray this devotion blessed you to know that God sees you and He never leaves us where He “finds” us because He’s helping us all along. Thanks and God bless you ❤
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