• A Female Servant Devotional

    Genesis 16:1

    Once again in the story of Abraham, Moses records the historical details in such a way as to emphasize the importance of trusting the Lord even in the face of personal difficulty. Real faith does not only believe God when it is convenient; with perseverance it trusts in the Almighty even when what we experience conspires to prevent us from doing so. Do you find yourself in an impossible situation this day? Keep on trusting the Holy Spirit to enable you. View Resource

  • Sarai Took Hagar Devotional

    Genesis 16:2–3

    Our enemy is cunning and will often try and deceive us through those closest to us. Therefore, as John Calvin comments, “We must be on our guard against his wiles; lest by any means he should undermine us.” Consider whether you are using your relationship with another person to convince him to do something he should not be doing. Be careful not to let another close to you convince you to do something God forbids. View Resource

  • In Your Power Devotional

    Genesis 16:4–6

    Pride, blame shifting, and passivity are generally some of the first responses a sinner wants to make when dealing with the consequences of transgression. Yet as we have seen, none of these helps; in fact, they only aggravate the situation and render us even more guilty before God. Is there a situation for which you are to blame and yet refuse to admit culpability? Own up to your part in it today, even if no one else is willing to do so. View Resource

  • The Angel of the LORD Devotional

    Genesis 16:7–10

    John Calvin comments, “We are here taught with what clemency the Lord acts towards his own people, although they have deserved severe punishment.” Hagar was proud, and she suffered the consequences, yet God did not forget her. Likewise, we too may suffer the results of our sin, but that does not mean the Lord has abandoned us. Whether or not we are being disciplined by God today, we are to turn to Him in faith, for He longs to comfort His people. View Resource

  • The LORD Has Listened Devotional

    Genesis 16:11–12

    Terrorism and Islamic jihad can make it hard for Western Christians to look upon the children of Ishmael with love. Yet as the Lord will redeem people from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 7:9–10), it is incumbent upon the church to pray for and reach out to the Arab world (see also Matt. 5:43–48). Take time today to pray for a predominantly Muslim country that the Gospel will prevail in its land, and consider giving time and money for missions to that nation. View Resource

  • A God of Seeing Devotional

    Genesis 16:13–16

    In His great love, God provided for His people what they could not provide for themselves: perfect righteousness in Christ. While we cannot give this great gift, we can spread His love by working to meet the needs of those spiritually and physically downtrodden. Consider how you are allocating your resources and give to a ministry that helps the prisoner and the poor. Invite someone over for dinner who may be lonely and needs fellowship. View Resource