The God Who Sees
Hagar was a young runaway slave girl who Sarai gave to her husband Abram to be her surrogate since she did not believe she could conceive the child God promised. Once Hagar conceived, jealousy reared up in Sarai and pride got the best of Hagar.
Abram took no responsibility for either and Sarai sent Hagar away.
In the desert Hagar met God for the first time. She was alone, abused, desperate, abandoned, betrayed, used, discarded, and hopeless. Her mistakes lay behind her. She carried her shame within her. The future seemed unbearable. And then there was The God Who Sees. Even if no one else cared about her, God saw her and cared for her and her baby.
If you are going through a trial, if you are feeling lonely or distressed, if you think no one cares or knows how you feel, if you think no one understands what you have been through, you can be sure The God Who Sees has never once taken His eyes off you. He attentively watches all His children at all times. We need not muster up the strength to pull ourselves together and present ourselves to Him. He is already there caring for you in your pain, and He has already come to your rescue.
“So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing,’ for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.’”
Exodus 2:25, Psalm 94:9, 1 Peter 3:12, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Matthew 10:30, Matthew 6:8, Psalm 139:1-12, Romans 8:37, Nahum 1:7, Psalms 55:22, Psalm 145:18-19, Isaiah 57:15, Psalm 34:18
Have you ever experienced El RoI, The God Who Sees, in your darkest moments or your moments of greatest fear?
Repent of ever thinking you are too hopeless for even El RoI to care about.
Pray and ask El RoI to reveal where He is in the midst of your current pain, or pain you have experienced in the past.
Listen and think about what it means that, no matter what happens to you, El RoI is near to the broken hearted. He will never abandon you. He knows you, loves you, and cares about every hurt and every tear.
Meditate and ask the Holy Spirit how you can become more like El RoI to those around you. Ask Him to help you see others the way He sees them.