God promised Abraham he would be made into a great nation, that all peoples on earth would be blessed through him (Gen 12:1-3). While this man of faith hoped to trust in God’s promises, Abraham could not see nations coming when God had not yet given him his own son (Gen 15:1-3). So, rather than waiting on God to show up, and because Abraham’s wife, Sarah, couldn't have children, the two formed their own plan.  

Sarah told Abraham to go and sleep with her slave, Hagar. And Hagar gave birth to a son named Ishmael (Gen 16:1-4). What happened next reveals the brokenness of what occurs when we take God’s promises into our own hands. Sarah despised Hagar for doing what she could not. So Hagar fled into the wilderness.

In the midst of her desert wandering, the LORD met Hagar.

He called her to return to Abraham and Sarah, while also promising to this lost, abandoned, pregnant woman: “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count” (Gen 16:10). Hagar replied back in faithfulness, “You are the God who sees me, for I have now seen the one who sees me” (Gen 16:13).

If you follow Hagar’s story further, you see she returns back to Abraham and Sarah, as God had called her to. Yet, things did not get easier. Rather, Hagar finds herself in another desert space, this one even worse than the last. Yet again, though, God met her in that lost, abandoned place (Gen 21:8-21) and calls her into a new chapter.

For He truly is the God who sees.



Hagar calls God, “The One Who Sees.”

  • Do you feel “seen” by God? Do you want to be seen by God?
  • What are the ways you find that you are hiding from Him because you are afraid or ashamed?
  • What are areas He is inviting you to be seen by Him so that He can bring healing and hope?
  • Spend some time in rest and reflection.


Psalm 139:1-24

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.