8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
As soon as you give people an inch, and this applies to all circumstances, they will definitely try to take a mile. When you leave room or space for people to operate, they will occupy. We saw it with Adam and Eve. As soon as she gave Satan space to speak with her, he took control of her actions and used it to orchestrate the fall of man. Do not give room to evil. Do not give room to sin. It overtakes.
Hagar was the handmaid of Sarai. She had not bothered anybody. However, Sarai decided that she would take matters into her own hands concerning her barrenness and she would give her handmaid to her husband to have a child. Well, she gave Hagar an inch and she decided to take some miles. Hagar was pregnant and felt that she did not have to be submissive to Sarai anymore. Sarai got very angry and dealt with Hagar decisively. Hagar, being full of herself and huffing and puffing, left the house. What did God do? God sent her right back to submit herself to Sarai (v9).
Sarai failed to wait on God and instead of allowing God to do His will, she set her husband up with her maid to get her pregnant. She failed miserably. Hagar also failed because she brought enmity between her and Sarai and hence enmity up until today. The sons of Ishmael and the sons of Isaac fight until today. Neither of these women dealt well with failure, but see what example God shows us. He told Hagar to go right back and submit herself to her boss (v9). God knew that pride had set in, and He wanted to rid Hagar of it. Are you pride-filled in your failure thinking that you are important?
Homework: Pray and ask God to rid you of failures and the pride that goes with them.