Genesis 16:8-10 The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied. The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.” Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.”

You should go back only if something is different. You don’t back for the same results unless the results were good. We have all left some situations in 2014 that we do not want to go back to in 2015. Would you be surprised if I told you that there are some difficult things you might have to go back and face before you can go forward?

Hagar was an Egyptian soul sister caught up in a love triangle. She was Abraham’s baby’s mama. She was the side chick approved by Sarah. However when Hagar became pregnant her attitude changed and she was disrespectful to Sarah. Sarah mistreated Hagar to the point that she ran away. The angel meets her in the wilderness and tells her to go back! What?! Go back for what?! Because God was going to make a nation out of her son after she properly submitted.

Before you can go forward you have to go back and finish some things.

  1. Where are you coming from or running from? At first glance Hagar was running from abuse from Sarah but if you look deeper she was running from slavery. She was tired of being used and abused. After getting pregnant she disrespected her mistress. Servant hood wasn’t oppressive like American slavery but it was still limiting. Hagar wanted freedom but her freedom had to come through submission. We can’t leave until we are liberated from the inside out. God releases us when we truly learn humility.
  1. Where are you going? Hagar didn’t have a game plan. God wanted Abraham to handle his responsibility first before God released Hagar. God wasn’t going to let Abraham and Sarah off the hook for putting this girl in this predicament. There were some details she needed to work out first so she had to go back.
  1. Go back and submit. Hagar was sitting down on the outside but standing in defiance on the inside. Her attitude had changed when she became pregnant. She forgot her place. You may be more talented than your boss but you should never make them look bad. You may know more than your parents but you should never disrespect their wisdom. As long as your under someone else’s leadership you must submit internally and externally.
  1. God will bless you through your obedience. As a result of Hagar going back to apologize for her role in disrespecting Sarah God made sure her and the baby were taking care of. Hagar is no longer mistreated. The home environment is healthy, safe, and different. When her son grows he takes on his mothers attitude and starts picking on his little brother, the promised child of Abraham and Sarah. Once again Sarah says, “She’s got to go!” This time the angel does not tell her to go back. Instead he tells her to go forward and reminds her that God will provide for them and make a nation out of her son. It’s time for her to go forward.

This year you might have to go back to a job where you feel you have outgrown. You might have to back and stay with your parents until your finances are restored. Here’s the thing, while you are there be respectful, submit to authority, and leave when God says it’s time to leave.

Answer two questions: Where are you coming from? (What lessons have you learned from your past?) Where are you going? (What is your game plan for the New Year?) Then after you have served well get ready for your increase!

Dear God,

Help me to finish my assignment with the right attitude. This is only a season and I’m coming out of it better and stronger. Give me patience and the ability to respect the position even if I don’t like the person. Let my love come from a genuine place in my heart where the Holy Spirit has changed my disposition. Release me for greater when it is my time. In the meantime teach me how to serve well.

In Jesus Name,

Amen