EL ROI – THE GOD WHO SEES ME
In Genesis chapter 16, we find the story of Hagar who is the slave of Abraham’s wife, Sarai.
God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation back in Genesis 12, but now decades later for both Abraham and Sarah the promise seemed very unlikely. In desperation, Sarah allows her slave Hagar to provide them a child with Abraham.
When Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress Sarai. Then Sarai said to Abram, I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
Hagar gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the one who sees me.”
Psalm 46:1 tells us that God is “an ever-present help” when we are in trouble.
Hebrews 4:13 says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
We don’t like to face problems head on. We think the best way to solve problems is to avoid them. We usually make plans to run away because we think there is no solution to this problem.
You may think you are not wealthy or important for God to take notice of you. The Egyptian slave girl Hagar was in the middle of a big ugly mess. Maybe some of you have been hurt by a Christian or church member. We do not expect Christians to behave in an unchristian way. That’s how it was for Hagar. Some of you are mistreated by your spouse/ your boss / your parents /children.
The angel of the Lord called her by name, “Hagar!” He knew her story as He tells “Servant of Sarai”. He knew everything about her. Asked her questions; “What are you leaving behind?”; “Where are you headed?” And Hagar answered honestly: "I’m running away from my mistress Sarai.” Genesis 16:8
When you face difficulties in your life be aware that somewhere above you is the watchful eye of “El Roi,” the God who sees.
No matter how complicated or hopeless your situation seems, remember that God sees you. He will show you what to do if only you will listen and obey.
Today, Like Hagar you may be a victim of a circumstance you did not chose. Like Hagar be assured God is the one who sees you. God knows your name and your story.
Cry out to “the God who sees” your desert of despair. The Lord will appear to you with a hopeful and promising message to deliver and bless you.