Pearls of Grace - March 2

March 2

The Wall of Love

"Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur."

Genesis 16:7

Hagar was on the run! Her circumstances had become unbearable and when she could take it no longer, she strapped on her running shoes with son in hand and took off as fast as she could go. She had not forethought, plan or even the resources to take care of herself or her son. Hagar had allowed her emotions to become a ticket for escape; a bus ride to nowhere. But what do we see God doing? There, in her most desperate hour, when she had finally stopped long enough to collect her thoughts and silence the voices of her emotions, God calls to her. The callings of God have the power to speak right into the midst of our situations reaching us when no one else can! When Hagar was alone and in utter despair, she found herself in a place called Shur. But the name of this place had great significance because it means; "wall". God was showing Hagar that her choices were leading her right into a dead end! Sometimes God has to do that with us doesn’t He?

Not only is God calling to her in the midst of her situation, opening her eyes to see the two choices before her, we also see what the result will be if she keeps her present course! She’s headed right into a wall, a dead end in other words, a place where she would not be able to go forward. Often times our circumstances will launch our emotions into a full out run not letting up until God allows us to run right into a dead end; His wall where He says, enough is enough. In other words, God will allow us to make the decision, holiness or barrenness, but if we don’t make the right decision He will put up a wall before us to stop us in our track. He won’t let us run for long! God loves us too much to allow us to run in the wrong direction without putting up a road block along the way to try and change our direction. It’s that loving hand of discipline God inflicts when we seem to have lost our way through emotional decisions. It’s God’s WALL OF LOVE.

This revelation can provide such sustenance for our soul in the midst of trouble if we will listen to the voice of God asking these same questions each and every time because every situation has these same opportunities presented; running from and running to and of course God’s Wall of Love when we run in the wrong direction! Hagar was at a cross roads when the Angel of The LORD came to her. There will always be two responses for us when others bring offense into our lives; holiness or the waste lands. This is what God wanted Hagar to stop and give thought to. We must know from where we have left and to where we are headed if we keep our present course. Have you hit a wall in your life? Maybe God has allowed you to come to this place so He can finally have your ear.

Emotions will run us into a wall, trusting will lead us home.

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