Genesis 16:7-16: Go back.

“7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, ‘Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?’  ‘I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,’ she answered.  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.’  11 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.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    towards all his brothers.’

13 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.’ 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.  15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael. ” NIV UK

It can be the hardest thing in the world to go back to a situation you are running from; or to remain in circumstances you’d rather flee. But if God tells you to go back, then you can return with confidence, and know that he will bless you there. Even if it entails humble work, involving submission, that will not prevent God blessing you if a blessing is what He intends (10). God will never take His eye off you, like a loving parent ever watching their child. He is the One who sees you. You will never be out of His sight, not even for a fleeting moment.  Thinking again of the part played by Abram and Sarai in the story, consider this:  ‘We must trust God not only for His plan but also for His timing…When we walk by sight and not by faith, we get impatient; we scheme and blame others. Then when things go wrong, we try to get rid of our mistakes. God sent Hagar and Ishmael back to Abram and Sarai, and they had to live with their mistake for at least another seventeen years…Had Abram and Sarai waited on God instead of running ahead of God, they would have avoided all that pain.’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word,’ pp.26, 27.

PRAYER: Lord, I ask for grace to stay true and faithful to you in the difficult circumstances of life.