Beyond the Weekend

February 19 | The Tenderness Of God

February 19, 2020


God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.” Genesis 21:17

Read: Genesis 21:14-18

Listen: Genesis 21


Events that bring Sarah and Abraham so much joy completely destroy Hagar’s world. Hagar and her son Ishmael become despised and unwanted with the birth of Isaac. They are pushed out of Abraham’s household to fend for themselves. With all her resources exhausted and nowhere to turn, she prepares for them to die alone in the wilderness. But God sees her tears and hears Ishmael’s cries.

Many of us see ourselves in this story. Watch the video clip below as Pastor Jeff Manion describes how we sometimes find ourselves pushed away, discarded or unwanted just like Hagar. This story shows us that no matter who pushes us away, our God draws near. No matter how unwanted we feel, our God desires us. No matter how unheard we feel, God is listening.

We can trust God because he is wise, he is good, and he is loving. Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” That is the God we serve. Not one who just remains far off. We serve a God who draws near when we are broken-hearted or crushed. Like with Hagar, he sees our tears.


Spend today reading, writing and memorizing Psalm 34:18. Place it somewhere you see regularly. Remember to repeat this verse to yourself when you are broken and feel alone. Download our lock screen from Monday if you didn’t.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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