“EL ROI” The God Who Sees
He Sees Us When We Are Rejected
Genesis 16:13-14 (HCSB) “So she called the Lord who spoke to her: The God Who Sees, for she said, “In this place, have I actually seen the One who sees me?” That is why she named the spring, “A Well of the Living One Who Sees Me.” It is located between Kadesh and Bered.”
Read Genesis 16
The consequences of Hagar’s pride and arrogance resulted in her being rejected and banished from the home she had been working in for years. No doubt, they were like family at one time. But, those relationships were strained and challenged as Hagar was able to do the very thing that Sarai wanted her to do – get pregnant. When an arrogant spirit rises and goes head to head with an envious spirit…well, there is just not going to be any good thing that comes from that. So, clearly, it would be the servant girl, Hagar, that would have to leave. Being rejected is a wounding that may take a long time to heal. But, God saw her in that desert place all alone and ministered to her. I think she was stunned to learn that the God of Abraham saw right where she was and cared about her. Therefore, Hagar gave God the name El Roi, theGod who sees. She even expresses her surprise that God would see her and she would live to tell about it! Oh what grace, what mercy, what compassion our God demonstrates to us! Yes, even though we may find ourselves in a desperate situation as a result of our sin of pride, a merciful God sees us. But, praise the Lord that because He does see us, we can see Him. Not only does He see us, but He wants to talk to us and help us get back on the path of healing and redemption.
In this study of God seeing us, I have found a pattern in God’s dealings with us. It seems there are two elements that are always in the conversation.
1. Asks a question (or two) –
Genesis 16:8 He asked Hagar, “… where have you come from and where are you going?
Consider your life right now. How would you answer “Where have you come from?” What has happened in your life that has brought you to the place you are right now? Take a moment and name some of the life events you have experienced at this point in your life.
“Where are you going?” Reflect on not just where you are going logistically, but in your spiritual journey. What will your spiritual condition look like a year from now if you stay on your current path? Will you look more like Jesus?
2. He gives a ‘restorative command’ –
Genesis 16:9 “You must go back to your mistress and submit to her.”
What has he told you to do? The command He gave Hagar may not have been the word she was hoping for, but God is sovereign and He knew the bigger picture. So it is with us. What He commands us to do in order to have restoration may seem a task too difficult for us to obey. However, we can trust Him to always lead us in the right way.
“Heavenly Father, I am overwhelmed that you see me. I am humbled that you see me even when I have done wrong and find myself running away to a desert place. My heart is relieved and encouraged that you help me get back on track and ask me the hard questions that will lead me to those paths. Thank you for giving me your Word that discerns my thoughts and the intentions of my heart. Give me courage to obey the commands that you give that will lead to my restoration, even when it seems impossible and too hard to comply. Amen”