Seen by God

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Scripture reading    Genesis 15-16

She 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.”                Genesis 16:13

God sees Hagar in her moment of deep despair. She gives Him a name that has brought comfort to countless people since then. EL-ROI: God of seeing. The God who sees me. God sees me. God sees the circumstances in Hagar’s life. She is a maidservant—a slave. She is one who must obey what she is told. I cannot even begin to imagine all the emotions in the lives of Abram, Sarai, and Hagar. I try to imagine all that was happening (beyond the obvious) that would have caused Hagar to despise Sarai. Eventually, all began to feel hopeless. Decisions had been made that caused angst and conflict and there was no apparent resolution. Hagar fled in despair.

God saw the entire situation as it unfolded. He saw every tear, every thought, every inclination of every heart involved, and He saw how it would fit into His plan. God revealed Himself to Hagar and let her know that He had seen what was happening. He did not “fix” the issue. He just let her know that He saw it, and told her that He was sovereign over it. That brought her peace. I must learn to rest in the fact that God sees everything that is happening in my life and He is working it out for His good. He sees me even when I feel as though I am unseen.

Dear Lord, please bring peace into my life knowing that You see me—and every other person and situation and circumstance. Remind me often of Your sovereignty. Amen.

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