Updated: Jan 3
Does the Lord see me in the situation that I am dealing with?
(Genesis 16:13-15 NIV) '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 the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi[d]; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.'
Hebrew / Greek Word Study
Focus Word: El Roi = The God Who See Me (ִ אֵ֣ל (’êl) רֳאִ֑י(ro·’î) (El Raw-ee) = ( Greek / phonetic sound)
Strongs Definition 410: God, goodly, great, idol, mighty one, power, strong
Strongs Definition 7210: gazingstock, look to, that seeth: From (ra'ah); sight, whether abstractly (vision) or concretely (a spectacle)
To understand the fullness of this portion of scripture, you have to know the story of Hagar and Sarah in Genesis 16. Hagar's circumstances led her to run away from Sarah because she was being treated harshly by her. In (Genesis 16:6 NIV) '6 “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.' With this being the case, Hagar was experiencing some of the worst moments in her life.
As she was going through this, God responded to her. In (Genesis 16:7-8 NIV) '7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered." So Hagar was in a bad place from her perspective.
Once God responded to Hagar, she responded by saying, "(Genesis 16:13 NIV) '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 the One who sees me.” The reason this is important for us to know is that God sees us all, even in our worst circumstances and seasons. Sometimes we as people may feel that God is silent or maybe not even there in our lives. But the fact of it is we have an omnipresent (always everywhere), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful) God. So God can absolutely see you in your worst moments as He sees everything, He knows what you are feeling and going through as He is all-knowing, and He is more than powerful enough to address your issues as He is all-powerful.
Since we know the Lord sees us and everything we have ever done, also everything that we will do, will we stop trying to hide from Him? If God already knows all of our sins, but yet He still wants us to repent and for us to give our lives to Him, will we do it? These are the questions we answer. In (2 Peter 3:9 NIV) 'The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.' The Lord is tugging at your heart, looking for you to give your life to Him. Remember, He will never force your will; the decision will always be left up to you. The Lord is calling. Will you answer? (Revelation 3:20 NIV) "20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."
Extra Scripture To Study:
Genesis: Chapters 16-17
God sees you, and He does love you but the only way to enter into a relationship with the Lord is to accept the gift of grace and mercy that He has for you. To do this, you must accept Him as the Lord and Savior of your life. This is a requirement to be in a relationship with Him. He loves you, and He showed His love for you by sending His son (Jesus Christ) to die on the cross for you. He took the first step toward you; will you take a step toward Him?
This week daily, take some time to pray and ask God for help regarding His word and become receptive to it.
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