“I want you to meet the God who sees me, hears me, listens to me, and cares about me." Yes, God loves the outsider, the downcast, the outcast, and the loser. He loves the single mom, the immigrant, the unchosen, and the pagan. He sees us, hears us, and listens to us. He loves us.
Main Text: Genesis 16:1-16; 21:8-21
A few key observations:
- God is love. This will be our focus for the next 4 weeks as we look at God's interactions with humanity in Genesis.
- Hagar is an outsider of outsiders. She's Egyptian, a single mom, who ends up homeless and penniless because of not being able to keep her job, who apparently can't control her son very well, is mistreated by God's chosen people (Abram and his wife who eventually bore a 'legitimate' son that became his heir), and is traditionally thought of as being outside of God's chosen people.
- Yet God loves Hagar, the outsider and single mom. He sees her, hears her, appears to her, and is with both her and her son forever. This is such a powerful reality to Hagar that she takes to calling Him "the God who sees me"!
- What would our lives look like if we knew God sees and hears us, that He listens to us and cares for us?
- What would our lives look like if we saw and heard the outsiders and single moms like God does? (We're His representatives, after all.)