“El Roi,” the God who sees me, what an amazing comfort and joy.
It was a lowly, pregnant servant who had been fired. I don’t think you can get much lower than that. With absolutely no where to go, she ended up in the desert.
God asks her a question through an angel, “Hagar, Sarah’s servant, where have you come from and where are you going?”
Great question. For all of us today. Hagar answered honestly, “I am running.” Wow, when was the last time you heard a friend or a co-worker or a family member admit that he or she was “running.” Our pride keeps us from answering with a reply which seems so empty, so fearful, so purposeless. But Hagar said it. Why? Hagar was desperate. She had nothing. No way to feed herself, no home, nothing. When one is desperate, the truth is more easily said.
The angel did not condemn, or say “if only,” or comment on the fact that Hagar was pretty mean taunting Sarah that she was pregnant & Sarah wasn’t, therefore she deserved the desert.
No, the angel gave hope to the hopeless, help to one who was helpless, direction to one who didn’t know what she should do next. That’s God.
Hope is God. Not guilt, shame, blame. Not pride, self-dependence, judgement. Nor silent control. God is Hope and desires a future of blessings in your life.
Hagar named that experience, “the God who sees me.” The God who sees me. What a mind-blowing concept. The all-powerful, omniscient, holy, good, amazing God sees me, sees you. It takes my breath away.
Many a dark, dark night, hopeless and afraid, this was the only prayer I could pray: God you see me, and that is enough right now. YOU SEE ME.
- What are you running from?
- What is your desert?
- What does it mean that a good God sees you?
- How can His amazing power change everything in you and through you?
- You might not have hope right now for your health, your marriage, your child coming back to God, your provision, your way out of an addiction; you might not even have hope to live today. WAIT. He sees you, and that is hope.