It’s helpful to look at the account of Hagar in Genesis 16. Here’s a woman who became pregnant in a tryst with her employer’s husband ... that was arranged by her employer! Talk about a #MeToo moment!
So she wasn't married to her baby’s father. When she got pregnant, she made the mistake of disrespecting the man’s wife. The wife – Sarai – her boss, then mistreated her.
Hagar fled the situation, leaving behind a job and home. She had no means of supporting herself or her baby.
It all looked very bad until verse 7, where it says, “Now the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water.” Everything changed from this point. In this encounter, Hagar learned a lot about God:
- He knew her name
- He was interested in where she’s from and where she’s going
- He had a plan for her (go back to her employer)
- He told her how to behave in that awkward situation (submissively)
- He had great things in store for her (“I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”)
- God had heard of her misery
How many tears had Hagar cried? How many sleepless nights had she endured? How many worries did she have on her mind? God knew them all. In short, God loved her. And He loved her baby:
- God knew the sex of the child (male)
- He had a name for him (Ishmael)
- He knew the boy’s personality (wild and aggressive)
- He foretold the boy’s future