Hey guys! I hope you’re doing well.
I wanted to explore the names of God, as we gain understanding of Who God is!
Do you ever wonder “is God seeing me?” Perhaps you may be going through hardships or a season in your life where you think “hellooo? Anybody up there?”
Hagar, in the book of Genesis had been going through a lot. She gave Abraham a son, but then was mistreated by Sarah, and sent away. (Genesis 16:1-4). I can imagine that she might have felt forgotten, and hurt. Because she hadn’t done anything wrong, yet she was being mistreated, being sent away. She was wandering in the wilderness when an Angel of God met her at her point of need! That’s when she called Him, Jehovah El-Roi – which means the (living) One who sees.
I think it’s so powerful when Hagar said “I have seen the One who sees me”. The minute that God intervened, she understood that He sees her. This isn’t past tense either. The one who SEES!
This wasn’t the only time that God intervened for Hagar and Ishmael. In Genesis 21, when they were sent away again, God saw them and provided for them.
17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
How does this apply to me ?
We may feel like Hagar at times. Facing difficulties. Maybe wondering does God see me and hear me? But He does! This is one of His names. The Living one who sees me! God sees you. He hears you. And He has not forgotten about you.
I hope this post encourages you as we enter the new week.
Have a blessed day x
Peace, joy & love.
P.S – Fun fact! Hagar is the first one recorded in the Bible to have given a name to God. Genesis 16:13 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[c] the One who sees me.”