Thursday, October 10, 2019

Despise - Devotion on Genesis 16

Scripture: Genesis 16:5
“I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me.”

What might cause you to despise someone? What makes you feel that you’re better than someone else?

Hagar looked down on Sarai because she had done something that Sarai couldn’t. She had succeeded where Sarai failed. The slave was now the master, the more desirable wife, and both of them knew it. You can imagine the attitude Hagar gave Sarai when the older woman asked her to do something. “Why should I serve you? I’m the one giving Abram a child, after all!”

Even though we would consider Hagar the victim of the story by today’s standards, this story reminds us that we’re all better than some people at certain things. We all have a measure of skill, opportunity, and luck that some others around us don’t share. When we are blessed, we need to maintain an attitude of humility toward others and recognize that we could lose our good fortune very easily.

How is God calling you to behave more humbly toward others?

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