Biblical scholars believe that before He came to earth, Jesus made occasional appearances throughout the Old Testament. One of these “Christophanies” occurred in this passage, when He comforted and encouraged Hagar after she was driven out of Abraham’s household. Throughout history, Jesus has been the one who sees us, knows us and makes his presence known.
1. Can you think of a recent occasion when you felt the presence and concern of Christ?
2. How do you most regularly connect with Jesus and sense His presence? In prayer? Nature? Acts of service?
Challenge: “I know how you feel.” This statement is said to comfort during affliction and trial, to provide solace and care, but, is it true? Next time you start to say it, think about it. Perhaps Jesus is the only one who really knows how someone feels. Maybe say “He knows how you feel” instead.