This Us!  Genesis (Part 4)  "Where is God?"  Genesis 16


Much of the book of Genesis is focused on a family, and families can be messy. To its credit, the Bible does not sanitize the characters we will encounter into role models of perfection; rather there is an authentic ring to them because they were imperfect as we are.  Dysfunction all around: Abram and Sarai often got it wrong and Hagar and Ishmael didn't help.  In this crazy world it is easy to wonder if our mistakes have disqualified us from God's care, or if God has forgotten us.  Overwhelmed by the chaos around us, or feeling alone is a sea of uncertainty, this story reminds us of God's unwavering care.