EL ROI - God Sees Us
I saw this tiny hummingbird for a few brief seconds this morning, but God sees ME every moment of every day.
Hagar was Sarah's maidservant. Sarah wanted a child by Abraham but appeared to be barren. She arranged for Hagar to have Abraham's baby then her jealousy over the pregnancy caused her to mistreat Hagar. Hagar ran away in complete despair.
Read the whole story in Genesis 16:1-13.
An angel of the Lord found Hagar, spoke to her, gave her direction, and told her what was going to happen. Hagar recognized God at work and gave Him a new and very personal name -- El Roi, the God Who sees. Genesis 16:13 -- "So she called the Lord who spoke to her: The God Who Sees (Hebrew translation is El Roi), for she said, “In this place, have I actually seen the One who sees me?"
Today I want to assure myself, along with all of you, that God sees us. He knows what we're going through. He knows what will happen next. He cares. His plan for us is good. His watch over us is 24/7. He never falls asleep on the job. He loves us unconditionally.
God sees Steve diagnosing and treating pets, listening to clients, having his daily quiet time, taking care of the maintenance of our yard and home, and praying for wisdom to be the best husband, father, and grandfather he can be.
God sees Laura teaching college math classes to students she never gets to meet in person while also managing the homeschooling of her own two children.
God sees Matt pouring over a passage of Scripture, searching for the best explanations and illustrations in order to clearly communicate truth to his congregation on Sundays.
God sees Julie and the baby she's carrying inside her body. He sees her and knows how to strengthen her in order to meet the needs of her other 9 children every day.
God sees our children's spouses as they work every day and sincerely seek to be in His will.
God sees each of our grandchildren and knows the awesome plans He wants to see unfold in their lives.
God sees me. He knows when I'm confused, frustrated, struggling. He knows everything will be all right. He just wants me to trust Him.
God sees all of the teachers and students attempting to get back to learning under the conditions of a worldwide pandemic.
God sees those whose income has dropped drastically as a result of the shutdown and restrictions.
God sees those who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 or other illnesses and have had to endure socially-distant funerals.
God knows how troubled we become when we watch the news -- on television or social media.
Today I need to be reminded of some promises from God's Word. Perhaps you do, too.
Proverbs 15:3 - "The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good."
2 Chronicles 16:9a - "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him"
Psalm 121:3, 5-8 - "He will not let your foot slip—He who watches over you will not slumber;
The Lord watches over you -- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm— He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."
Let's allow these truths to comfort us. God knows, He cares, He sees.