BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
We need not excuse Abram and Sarai for their treatment of Hagar. We have seen they are works in progress. What is striking however, is God’s personal care of Hagar – an encouragement to all who suffer unjustly. It was the same care that attracted rejected women to Jesus (Lk 7v36-50, John 4v1-26). Chapter 17 brings us back to the idea of "covenant." God's promises to Abraham are formalised, but require circumcision by his descendents if they are to share in them. As you read, note how God’s promises are developed here.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me ps about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.