HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. Genesis 16:9
Poor Hagar! No wonder that she fled. Her proud Arab independence and the sense of coming motherhood made her rebel against Sarah’s hard dealings. We have often meditated flight if we have not actually fled from intolerable conditions. Of course, when God opens the door out of a dungeon we need not hesitate, as Peter did, to rise and follow. But this is very different to flight from the post of duty.
Our Cross. –
- For Hagar, Sarah;
- For Hannah, Penninah;
- For David, Joab;
- For Jesus, Judas;
- For Paul, Alexander the coppersmith.
Life assumes hard and forbidding aspects. Sometimes the cross is not a person, but a trial, the pressure of a slow and lingering disease; the demand for grinding and persistent toil; the weight of overmastering anxiety for those dearer than life, who have no knowledge of God.
Our Demeanor. – Return and submit. We are apt to suppose that we shall get rest and peace elsewhere. It is not so, however. Nowhere else shall we find the path less rugged, or the pillow less hard. To evade the yoke will not give us heartsease. The Master’s advice is that we shall take His yoke, and bear it as He did; remain where God has put us, till He shows us another place; and bear what He ordains and permits, even though it comes through the means of others. y brethren, if we can humble ourselves and get back to the place where we left and stay in your lane until God gives you the word and ordained you to take the other step. Stay in your calling and wait on the Lord in humility and patience.
Our Faith. – We cannot patiently submit to our lot unless we believe that what God permits is as much His will as what He appoints. Behind Sarah’s hard dealings we must behold His permissive providence. Through all the discipline of life, we must believe that God has a purpose of unfailing love and wisdom. Then our submission is not stoicism, but loving acquiescence in our Father’s will.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, I am here to encourage you to stay in the will of God and if you have taken flight this is your time to return to your original place and submit yourself to the Lord and leadership.