6 “Your servant is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.
8 And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”
10 The angel added, “I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count.”
It seems that no matter what generation you come from or what generation you read about, attitude is still everything. Take this instance in Genesis. Hagar, the servant of Sarai was supposed to be submissive to her master. She did as Sarai required which was to bear a child for her because Sarai was barren at this time. (Sarah would later give birth to Isaac. See Gen 21) After conception Hagar’s attitude towards Sarai was not what it should have been. We do not know how much Sarai’s attitude towards Hagar contributed to the problem.
Hagar chose to run from her problem. The Lord had other plans. He sent an angel to confront her and send her home. The angel told her that she would be blessed by going home and submitting to her master. Hagar did so, and Ishmael was born. And the Lord kept His promise by increasing her offspring.
As servants to the Lord we will never have to worry about Him having a bad attitude towards us. People however are a different case. The Lord has us serve Him by serving others. Those “others” may be resentful, hateful, indifferent or otherwise surly. Those we submit to in order to serve the Lord may be kind, considerate and thankful. No matter which way their attitude goes it is up to the servant of the Lord to have the right attitude.
By God’s grace we are able to serve those we are closest to and those that have wrong attitudes. We make the decision how to act and react. There is little doubt things did not get better for Hagar. She did choose to submit to her master even though the attitude of her master needed improvement. God blessed her for what she did. The same blessing is available for the servant today who has the right attitude.