Where have you come from and Where are you Going?
These are the words that clung to me as I came across the passage in Genesis chapter 16 and verse 8. The entire chapter moved my thoughts but especially the question “Where have you come from and Where are you going” halted me in an instance to stop and think about the conviction this question offers. Where Have You Come From and Where Are You Going? What does this question mean to you? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself this?
Where have you come from?
Often times you are just moving. You keep moving, you keep going forward because there’s nothing for you in the past. There is nothing that can be changed in your past. But did you know that your past helped to shape your present? Regardless if it was a good past, a bad past, a regretful past, a hurt past, a happy past, an adventurous past, a tragic past, it has helped to shape you into the person you are today.
Where have you come from that has helped shape your present day? Where are you going that will help to shape the tomorrow of your future, your children’s future?
When the angel asked Hagar this question, “where have you come from and where are you going?”, after she was initially banned into the wilderness, she answered. After she answered, she was then instructed. After she was instructed, she submitted to what she was told. She obeyed, but it wasn’t without promise. Thereafter, her life was shaped according to where she came from. She was a slave; a servant with nothing to offer and nothing to give but a son to Abraham, named Ishmael. Her present was then shaped for a future, a hard and solemn future that we are today, you and I are able to witness through God’s word. We not only witness Hagar and Ishmael’s hardships but we are able to apply the absolute fact to our lives that no matter what you go through God is with you.
Where are you going?
God was with Hagar and Ishmael through each encounter in the wilderness, nearly dying of thirst when banished again and each time he heard their cries and as he promised Abraham, he did not forsake them. In fact, at an earlier point of Hagar’s life in the wilderness, she acknowledged that “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” God sees you. He knows you and he has compassion for your needs. He will not forsake you, regardless of where you have come from and no matter how far you want to go, he is right here with you.
It is important to know where you have come from so that you will know where you are going.
So, The Question is, for the sake of your tomorrow, for the sake of your children and all to come, “Where have you come from and Where are you Going?”
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Until next time my friends, be blessed.