Summary: Hagar's Helper and ours.
1. Helen Keller, who of course was blind and deaf, said:
"I am looking forward to Commencement day [talking about graduation from Radcliffe College]...The question now is, what shall I do with this education, and these opportunities.
I feel that I could impart to a child afflicted like myself, the power to see with the soul, and understand with the heart. All his needs and difficulties would be intelligible to me, since I know the darkness he sees, and the stillness he hears.
The road he must travel, I have traveled. I know where the rough places are, and how to help him over them."
2. Hagar is going to experience some rough places, but Jesus knows where she is, and He is going to help her get through the coming storm.
3. Hagar's Helper.
Trans: Gen. 16
I. FIRST, HAGAR WAS UNATTACHED. 16:1
A. Sarai's Need.
Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children - her real need was to trust in God's promises.
Life is like walking into getting stuck in quicksand. Quicksand is, just sand and water. The problem is, that the water loosens up the sand so that the sand is not compact and there is nothing to stand on.
The problem is, when a person gets stuck in quicksand, the harder they try to get out, the faster they go under.
The solution is someone standing outside the quicksand, throwing you a rope - you just hang on, and he pulls you out. Until that person comes all you have to do is relax, quit fighting it, and trying to pull yourself out.
God has told us life has it's quicksand moments - he has promised to pull us out before we go under! Abram and Sari are up to their neck in quicksand!
The problem is their are struggling and trying hard to get out - trying Elizer and Hagar. Just wait! In God's time-table he will pull them out and they will have little Isaac.
B. Hagar's Name.
And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar - her name means "to flee." She was rightly named - (1) She apparently had fled with Abram and Sari when they left Egypt; (2) She is about to flee from Sari; and (3) later she will flee again (21:9-10).
She was Unattached to say the least...She didnt seem to belong anywhere!
There is a Cemetery called Locke Hill Cemetery, one grave marker on the grave of Grace Lle-wellen Smith, has this engraved on her stone:
"Sleeps, but rests not.
Loved, but was loved not.
Tried to please, but pleased not.
Died as she lived - alone."
Many people feel unattached - they don't seem to fit in with anybody. I never fit in too well myself. I am called a Yankie; I have been called by fellow pastors a "half-bred" because I did not go to a Southern Baptist Seminary; a liberal for not preaching out of the KJ's Bible; of making light of sin, for teaching the Grace of God.
II. FURTHERMORE, SHE WAS UNASKED. 16:2
So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her." And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai - who is missing in this conversation?
A. Sarah's Persuasion.
1. She did believe in God's Sovereignty.