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Experiencing God’s Providence in Genesis 16: A Daily Devotion

In our walk through life, we often find ourselves in situations we didn’t anticipate, but Genesis 16 reminds us that even in these junctures, God’s providence remains ever-present.

We meet two women in this chapter – Sarai and Hagar. Sarai struggles with the burden of infertility. Frustrated and impatient with her situation, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Hagar feels the heavy weight of mistreatment and injustice. In these circumstances, it is easy for them to feel forgotten or overlooked.

Just like Sarai and Hagar, we might question our circumstances. We might struggle with impatience when God’s timing doesn’t match ours or feel the sting of injustice when we’re wrongly treated.

But as we look closer at Genesis 16, we find a timeless message of hope woven into their stories. Amid the strife and the harsh reality they face, God hears their cries and meets them where they are.

When Hagar flees from Sarai’s mistreatment into the wilderness, she encounters an angel of the Lord who comforts her by saying: “The Lord has heard your misery.” (Genesis 16:11) This powerful moment reassures us that no matter how dire our situation may seem, God sees us and hears our cries for help.

The story of Genesis 16 shows that even when everything around us seems uncertain or unfair, God still guides us through His divine providence. He comforts us in trials, strengthens us in weakness and guides us when we are lost.

Remember today that you are never out of God’s sight or beyond His reach. Let this assurance calm your anxious heart as you realise that like Hagar who was seen by God in her desolation (Genesis 16:13), you too are seen by Him amidst your daily tribulations.

In life’s wilderness, take heart. You are not forgotten. God is orchestrating a grander plan. One where every tear, every struggle, every moment of waiting is repurposed into divine providence.

Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for your divine providence that guides us even through our struggles and trials. Help us to hold steadfast in faith knowing that you see us, hear us, and are with us always. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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