El Roi- The God who Sees me

Good Morning Gorgeous,

It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start. A new day to rise and race right into the arms of Jesus. You can open your eyes and simply call out, “Good Morning Jesus. I need You.”

He will draw near to you and minister to your heart. He can pour salve over your wounds. He can calm a racing heart. He can breathe peace and comfort into your anxious spirit..

How can He know what we need when we need it? How can He be right there when we call on Him? Why does His Presence fill the deep gashes in our heart?

Because He IS the God who sees. He sees your tears. He sees your pain. He knows your whole story. He knows every injustice. He knows every abuse and every unfair word spoken to you. He knows the hurt you are feeling right now.

And He will meet you right where you are. He will meet you in your hour of need and breathe His breath of life into you. He is right there when you call. And Jesus came and broke the barrier of sin between us and God so we can enter His Presence without an intercessor or High Priest.

Think your mess is too messy for Jesus?

The person in the Bible who named God El Roi was in a pretty messy situation herself and God came and visited with her, ministered to her, and she named Him El Roi, the God who sees me.

She was a servant who has been used for someone else’s gain and then she was mistreated so badly that she ran away pregnant and alone.

She was used in an attempt to prematurely fulfill God’s plan to make a great nation through Abraham. God has continually visited with Him and repeated a promise that he would have many descendants. Yet, no baby has been born. And now Abraham is 86 years old and Sarai is getting restless. She decides to take matters into her own hands and have her husband marry her servant to give her a son. The problem is this is not God’s plan, and she may have regretted it afterwards because the Bible explains that after Hagar becomes pregnant the two women begin to struggle. Sarai complains to Abraham that Hagar is treating her with contempt now that she is pregnant with his child and Sarai retaliates by treating Hagar so harshly that she runs into the wilderness with no where to go.

So as she sits alone in the wilderness, used by Abraham and Sarai, hurting, mistreated, with no family and no one to turn to, the Lord comes to visit with her. He encourages her. He comforts her. He tells her a little more about the son that she is carrying and He even tells her what to name Him. The Lord named her baby boy!

And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress.
Genesis 16:11 NLT

And she feels SEEN. She is amazed that the Lord would come and meet her in her deepest hurt. Imagine how insignificant and alone she must have felt. She had no where to go and she didn’t have a real husband that she could turn to for help or support. Her husband was just given to her for Sarai’s personal gain. She had no say over her life. And no one probably ever really saw her as a person with her own needs and feelings. BUT GOD SAW HER!

Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered.
Genesis 16:13‭-‬14 NLT

Friends, God sees you this morning. He knows every assault that has been done against you. He also knows where you may have fallen. He sees you. He sees your heart. And He is faithful to restore when you cry out to Him in faith. There is no mess to big. And there is no one too insignificant.. He is El Roi: The God who sees.

Lean on the One who Sees you today.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Your goodness and Your mercy. Thank You for caring for us so intimately and so faithfully. You see us in our distress and You see when injustice is done to us. You see our pain and You care deeply. Thank You for being the God who really sees us.

In Jesus’s name, Amen..


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