The grace and nurturing temperament of God to bring peace to a situation in spite of circumstances is unparalleled! The scriptures are filled with so many testimonies of the Lord God intervening into the lives of His children to bring peace to situations filled with strife. The Bible doesn't often show God removing His people from the circumstances, but instead empowering His children to endure the circumstances with peace in the midst of chaos for His glory. There are millions of people alive today who can testify in bold truth that God continues to operate in this way today. Praise the Lord!
A beautiful example of this reality can be seen in Genesis 16:4-16. In this portion of scripture the Bible documents the events that took place after Abram and Sarai conspired a way to have a child by their own means and efforts. Sarai had suggested that Abram take Hagar as a wife in order that he could try to have a son with her. Without hesitation, Abram agreed to this idea. The scriptures do not show Abram and Sarai consulting with the Lord or inquiring of His will. Though God had performed miracles in their lives up to this point, showing Himself faithful to fulfill His promises, Abram and Sarai conducted their own business in the motivation of their flesh. Genesis 16:4-16 documents the consequence.
The Bible explains that Abram was able to get Hagar pregnant. Though this was the plan that Abram and Sarai concocted, they were not satisfied with the results. Such is often the case when the plans of people do not take the will of God into consideration. The Bible explains that Hagar became haughty regarding her pregnancy so that Sarai was feeling miserable. The scriptures reveal that Hagar began to gloat her pregnancy, which in turn angered Sarai. In typical human fashion as has been documented by the scriptures so far, Sarai refused to take responsibility for her fault in causing these circumstances and instead sought to cast the blame for her mood upon Abram. The Bible states that Sarai became frustrated with Hagar so that she complained to Abram to do something about it. Abram responded in a way very much like Adam. Abram also refused to take responsibility for his participation in the problem and pushed the problem back onto his wife. Consequently, the scriptures explain that Sarai worked extra hard to mistreat the pregnant Hagar so that Hagar ran away into the wilderness by herself.
The Bible reveals that Hagar was in a tough position. As a maidservant, she had no choice but to do what she was instructed in taking Abram as a husband. She had no say in the matter in carrying Abram's son. While she could have been more mature and graceful to Sarai during her pregnancy, she didn't ask for the circumstances she was put in. Some would classify the position of Hagar as "unfair," and an argument could be made for such a stance. Hagar was caught in the middle of this couple's personal matters while the couple refused to consider the Lord in any of their decisions so that drama and heartache was the results. It is important to recognize at this point that, while God did allow these things to take place, He is not the cause, and He did not condone these things. In fact, it was the unwillingness to Abram and Sarai to involve the Lord in their decisions, and their lack of trust in the Lord that caused this dysfunctional situation.
The scriptures then go on to describe how God changed things and brought peace into a chaotic situation. Genesis 16:4-16 shows that as Hagar ran away into the wilderness, she was approached by the Angel of the Lord. This is the first mention of the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament. It is important to understand that the Angel of the Lord is often described as having the characteristics and authority of God in the Old Testament, though taking the form of a human figure. The only other being in the Bible that possesses the characteristics and authority of God in human form is Jesus Christ. Thus, the scriptures refer to Old Testament appearances of Jesus as "the Angel of the Lord." Understanding this, though some would say that the Bible is sexist against women, it is helpful to note that the first mention of the Angel of the Lord is when He arrives to assist Hagar.
The Bible shows that the Angel of the Lord instructed Hagar to go back to Sarai and Abram. The Angel of the Lord sought to help Hagar with her problems by sending her back to the problem to face the problem in faith rather than try to run away from it, thereby creating more problems. The Angel of the Lord specifically instructed Hagar to "submit to mistreatment." This command seems difficult, but one must consider that no one submitted to more mistreatment than Jesus Himself. Thus, the command becomes appropriate. The Angel of the Lord simply commanded Hagar to conduct herself in the manner that He would later conduct Himself as the Christ.
The Bible then shows the Angel of the Lord exercising the authority of God as He promised Hagar that her offspring would be greatly multiplied. In the same way that God promised that Abram would be a great nation, the Angel of the Lord instructed Hagar to name her child Ishmael (God Hears), and that Ishmael would be a great nation as well. The Angel of the Lord prophesied about Ishmael's wild nature and that he would be at odds with his brothers for as long as he lived, but would be great and powerful nonetheless. This prophecy turned out to be true as Ishmael became the father of the Arabs, who historically have been at odds with the Jews ever since. The historical friction that has existed between many Arabs and many Jews can be traced back to the miserable decision that Abram and Sarai made to make major life decisions without the consideration of God's will, not trusting in God's promises. Upon receiving this encouragement, Hagar acknowledged that she had seen God. She called the Angel of the Lord, "The God Who Sees," and named the well where she saw Him, "A Well of the Living One Who Sees Me."
Thus, the truth of God's tender care and power are revealed in Hagar's proclamations. God sees the problems of His children and is attentive to respond to them. The scriptures reveal that God is not likely to remove us from the problem, but instead equip us to endure the problem by reminding us that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. God's purposes are good. Even the friction that existed between Ishmael and Isaac and continues to exist today, will be resolved so that each is blessed by the Living God according to His promises. God's intentions are good. It is the foolishness of mankind to respond without the consideration of God that causes issues. Nevertheless, the collective foolishness of humanity is not so much that God is unable to bring peace in the midst of chaos anyway. For this reason, it should be understood that God is able so long as one is willing to recognize His voice, heed His words, trust in His words, and respond to His words in obedience, no matter how unconventional to human reason they may seem to be.