Genesis 16:9 Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”

Abram’s wife Sarai was unable to have children. Through the suggestion of Sarai, Hagar, a slave, was forced to have a baby by Abram. During the time of Hagar’s pregnancy, Sarai was jealous and despised her. Sarai mistreated Hagar and possibly abused her, so much so until Hagar fled from the mistreatment of Sarai. While Hagar was away, God told her to go back to Sarai and submit to her.

Why would a loving God tell Hagar to return and submit to seemingly horrible conditions? She was forced to get pregnant, despised, and abused. Could it be that God had more for her?

Looking at verse 10, God promised Hagar that her descendants will increase if she returned. Without any evidence of this increase, taking God at His Word, Hagar obeyed God and returned. Eventually we see God honoring His Word to Hagar. God was with Hagar’s son, Hagar’s son was married, and God made Hagar’s son into a great nation (Gen. 21:17-21).

What would have happened if Hagar disobeyed God and magnified her negative experiences over God’s promise? Look at what she and her son could have missed out on.

We all face negative situations in life. One of our first instincts is to leave that negative circumstance. In a turbulent marriage, some immediately want to get a divorce. At an unfulfilling job, some want to quit. Unhappy at our church, some want to leave. However, if God tells us to face that situation, we must realize He has more for us than we can currently comprehend.

We may feel like we can’t take it and the situations is worsening, butif God tells us to stay and submit, He has given us the grace handle it and our reward will be greater than the trials we face. Stick with it and see the promise of God.