Podcast #115: “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott

Meeting the God Who Sees in Genesis 16

In difficult seasons of life we often seek to know “why,” or even blame someone or something as if it makes it all better. This week’s song “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott is a moving ballad of surrender to the will of a God we can trust. I use this song to introduce us to Hagar, who had to do a little submitting to God’s will herself.


I find it so interesting that Hagar gets to name God in this section of God’s Word.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Being in a situation where you thought God led you, but now you are just broken and hurt
  • The story behind why Hillary Scott hasn’t shared what the song is about for her – You Tube Video
  • Potential areas of Scripture that this song might lead – Matthew 6, Luke 11
  • The promise of God to Abram without the “how” or “when” details we all long for – Genesis 15:5-6
  • Introduction to Hagar, servant of Sarai in Genesis 16
  • How it ended up that Hagar was pulled into Abram and Sarai’s story – Genesis 16:2
  • From conception to contempt – Genesis 16:3-4
  • How Sarai was hoppin’ mad at the consequences of her own choices – Genesis 16:5-6
  • Some messages by Beth Moore that helped me understand this section better – The God Who Sees
  • God’s tendency to ask us questions to draw into dialogue with Him – Genesis 16:7-9
  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – our Bible Interaction Tool Exercise this week is:
    • Journal your dialogue with God
  • God’s call for submission along with a promise – Genesis 16:10-12
  • The part where Hagar names God – Genesis 16:13


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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official lyric video on YouTube below.

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This Week’s Challenge

Read Genesis 16 and try this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises of journaling your dialogue with God based on the questions posed to Hagar in verse 8. Then, if God gives you direction, follow it…submit to His authority over your life. You can trust Him.

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  • shanna

    I want to say thank you so much for this particular episode. I had never heard this song prior to your podcast. I stumbled upon your work about 18 months ago. I do not listen every week;
    however, I have heard most of them through my subscription to your podcasts.

    Yesterday, I prayed for guidance, later in the day when I was about to play music on my iphone, instead I was led to podcasts. Thank goodness I obeyed and this was the episode that was the next in que.

    I have been blessed with an amazing career, I believe it has been my calling, passion, and purpose for the past 17 years. However, for the last year it has been in turmoil. It’s like I have been engulfed in a storm and I feel like I am in the middle of an angry ocean in a life raft being tossed through
    the swells. My heart breaks with the contemplation of leaving what I feel has been my purpose in life… 17 years and all the blessing, all the people I have had the honor of serving, all the wonderful relationships in Christ, through Christ.
    I am aware that all God does is for good. I know I am strong and the good deeds that I do are his work. I know that if I leave many people will be impacted.

    I just don’t know if I am able to continue, my desire and passion are dying as is a part of me.
    The best way for me to describe how I feel is in the form of a metaphor, “You have survived a level 3 hurricane let’s see how strong your faith really is~ can you survive a level 5?”
    Swell after swell after swell my heart breaks more. I feel like the rains that are pounding down on me and filling the ocean are the tears falling from my eyes, and I am drowning. When will the storm ease? What if when I think it has finally broke, will I only then simply be in the eye of the storm???

    My faith is strong! My will to continue this particular mission, fearfully not so much. I heard what I believe the lord needed me to hear in your podcast. I would love to say I have an answer as to: do I continue with what has been my calling or do I move on? He has not revealed that to me yet.
    What I do have, is the reminder of 4 little words “Thy Will Be Done”. I am his beloved and my greatest calling is to be his.

    God Bless You for the life preserver. I have downloaded this song and plan to listen when I feel I am going under.

    • Shanna,
      You write so beautifully about what is so clearly a painful season in your life. My prayer for you is that you immerse yourself in God’s Word. Let Him tend to your spirit as you seek His face. His Word clearly promises “you will seek Him and find Him when you seek Him with all of your heart.” Sometimes I find myself seeking His hand and not His face. Meaning, I want an answer or direction more than I want Him. May God give you an unreasonable desire for His Word during this painful season and beyond. Michelle