God Who Sees

Have you felt insignificant, unnoticed, unappreciated?  I have recently had to deal with those feelings.  This is not a pleasant place to be.  However, I have found great comfort in His Word. 

The ladies of our church have recently begun The Patriarch’s Bible Study by Beth Moore.  Last week we discussed Hagar and how Sarah was being mean to her after she became pregnant with Abraham’s son.  It became so bad that Hagar decided to leave and try to make it back to Egypt.  However, God had something else in mind and He stopped her and took the time to talk to 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?”  Genesis 16:13 (NLT)

As a result of this encounter, we are given the name El Roi for God.  It means the God who sees.  God sees all and He cares for all.  If He will take the time to pay attention to one who is not His, can you imagine what He will do for the ones who are His? 

In the study, Beth Moore writes this, “He sees no one else care to look.  He sees through the smile we wear when we’re dying inside.  He sees our hurt when we’re mistreated.  He sees us when we cry into our pillow because we feel unloved.  He sees beyond our sin into the depth of our need.  He sees when we’re hiding.  Running.  He sees when we continue to sow the seed of His Word even in the floodplain of our grief.  He is the God who sees you.”

The next time you begin to feel insignificant, unnoticed, unappreciated remember, you serve El Roi, the God who sees you.

Theresa Shurtleff

2014 BSAM Program VP


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