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Where Have You Come From?

…and where are you going?

She was running for her life, with really no place to go. All the security she had ever known was suddenly taken away. How would she survive now? But more importantly, how would her young son survive? With no money, nobody to help, and without food and water, it looked like this was the end.
Then God asked her two strange questions, “Where have you come from, and where are you going?” It wasn’t like God did not know the answer to those questions, so why did He ask them? He must have wanted her to answer them for herself.

God was getting ready to give her a way out of her crisis, but He needed to get her ready for the answer that she probably did not want to hear. She knew where she had come from, yet maybe she needed a reminder. But she surely did not know where she was going, and she needed God’s direction to show her what to do next.

So what was the answer? God told her to go right back into the situation from which she was trying to escape. Can you imagine how she must have felt? She no doubt felt lonely, frightened, hopeless, and defeated. And now even God’s direction seemed to make no sense at all. Had God really forsaken her?

Nevertheless she did what the Lord told her, and she and her son survived. Her son even became the father of a mighty nation.

This is part of the story of Hagar, the servant of Abraham and Sarah. We read about her in the sixteenth chapter of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. That seems like so long ago to us; however, situations like this could happen or may have happened to you or me. And the amazing truth is that we should be ready to answer those same two questions. Where have you come from, and where are you going?

In the midst of crisis or difficulty, we usually look for any way to escape. If we could just get away from the situation, then life could get back to normal, we believe. No healthy person likes to be in a crisis. But God uses crises to work something good for Himself and for us. It is through crisis that we experience the most growth and increase if we respond correctly.

So the first question we must ask is – Where have we come from? In answering this we reconnect to our past, to our roots. It is impossible to really know where we are currently without knowing our past. Only by honestly facing the past can we be ready to face the future.

With the first question behind us, we are ready to hear God’s voice giving us the direction for the future. Then after we hear His voice, and have confirmation that we heard correctly, our only responsibility is to be obedient to what He tells us.

God demonstrated His great love for Hagar and her son Ishmael by showing them how to get through the crisis. Her obedience was blessed further, later on, when God promised to bless Ishmael and make him the father of a great nation (Genesis 17:20).

The same is true for you and me. As we listen to God and obey His direction we will experience His rich blessing. As God’s people, we have the incredible advantage of having Someone who sees perfectly into the future, Someone who knows the best way for us to go. And most importantly, He loves us deeply and wants to bless the pathway of our feet.

So even if His direction is not what we might choose, it is always the best way. He is so pleased as we obey Him. And obedience to Him not only blesses us, but more importantly it brings glory to Him, which is the main purpose of our existence. God is so good and He always knows what is best!

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