Genesis 16:1-15, vs. 4 “…When she knew that she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress”(NIV)
Situations can bring about junk in us we may have never thought to be there. In Acts 28:3, while Paul was gathering sticks for fire to keep themselves warm, the heat forced a viper jump out of fire , and fastening itself around his wrist. That is what the situations out of the ordinary do, they are like fire that generates heat causing the vipers inside of us to jump out and fasten on us. Paul saw the viper fastened around his wrist and dealt with the situation, he threw it back into the fire to be consumed.
This is the same way the Lord deals with us, at times He allows fire to come to force the viper in us to jump out. Then we have an opportunity to deal with them by throwing them back into the fire for Him to consume it. This is where we cast our cares (our shortcomings) to the Lord and we say Lord consume what You have revealed. I thank God for some of those situations that reveal the junk in my life I need to deal with. These situations pushes stuff to he surface leaving you with an option to either embrace it or deal with it.
Genesis 16 tells of a story of that revealed what was inside. Sarai and Hagar might have not known what was in them till this situation presented itself. Abram (Abraham) was old so was Sarai (Sarah) and they had no child. Sarai had a maid that had been loyal to her all these years, she is beneath her and everything looked fine and peaceful. Sarai later came up with an idea she will later regret and that was to give Abram Hagar her maid servant to wife so that Sarai would obtain children by her. All attention had always been given to Sarai but with Hagar present as a wife (not as a maid servant) brought a divided attention. After some time, Hagar conceived and trouble Began between these two women. The bible says, “Hagar began to despise Sarai”. Remember any person whom you might have helped climb a ladder of success in an area and once they got there, they began to despise you? You took them in, cared for them, provided for them but when things started turning around for them, their demeanor towards you changed? To give another example, has someone ever helped you get up there and you began to despise them, forgot about them, tried to make their lives miserable? It happens even in the Christian circles. Hagar might have not known that the despising spirit was in her until a situation like this brought that viper out.
Genesis 16:5, “Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me”(NIV). Sarai on the other hand is battling jealousy because Abram was going to have a son by Hagar. Who would Abram want to spend more time with, Sarai who is old and childless or Hagar who I believe was young and was going to have his baby? That might have been Sarai’s thought, not getting all the attention she used to get and what was harbored inside is revealed through this situation I would call fire. Have you ever helped someone climb the ladder then you had a problem with it later? They were prospering and you were still in the same place they left you? You used to get all the attention, now it has shifted. The thought of it is killing you inside. Sarai began to mistreat Hagar. She may have not known that she had the spirit of mistreatment inside her until a situation arose. Here is another thing that was revealed, Sarai shifting blame to Abram, she says “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering”. Instead of taking part of the responsibility of advising, she throws all the blame on Abram. I would blame Abram too because as the priest of his own home, there are certain decisions that he should have not made to avoid all these. Anyway one woman is despising, the other is mistreating. Sounds very familiar in our time but I thank God for them. The Lord searches the heart and tries the mind and if there is a root not of Him inside of us, little fire will cause them to jump out and fasten around our lives and that is good. Like Paul when it’s revealed, let’s cast them upon the Lord that He may consume them. He is a consuming fire remember that.
Someone said “Be good to people on your way up the ladder because you will meet them on your way down the ladder again“. The bible says, “Do not despise the days of humble beginnings” (paraphrased). Remembering small beginnings should humble you not to despise those who have not made it as far as you have. Blessings Ev