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EL ROI - THe God Who Sees Me

EL ROI—THE GOD WHO SEES ME

 

I believe and teach God is Omnipresent—

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines omnipresent as-- Present in all places at the same time; ubiquist (One who exists everywhere); as the omnipresent Jehovah.

 

We first learn of this character/name for God in Genesis 16.  Before we read this chapter, let me remind you that in the previous chapter—15—is where God promised Abram a son.  God made a covenant with Abram and Abram believed God. 

 

STOP AND READ CHAPTER 16

 

We read of Sarai and Hagar, Sarai’s handmaiden.  Hagar begins to be prideful of her pregnancy; Sarai retaliated and treated Hagar unkindly so Hagar ran away.  But God (YHWH) found Hagar.    I love how the verb found-- implying lost—is used here.  Hagar probably did not feel lost.  She was hurt and felt utterly alone.  I think we could even say she was downright mad at both Abram and Sarai. Hagar was not thinking clearly.  She allowed her hurt and anger to overcome her sense of good judgment.   Commentaries tell us Hagar was going back to Egypt. The journey she was embarking on was about 150 miles across a desert—an in-hospitable place filled with danger especially for a woman traveling alone and pregnant.  She probably would not have survived such a journey and would have died but EL ROI (The God Who Sees Me) had other plans. 

 

Three people-- Abram, Sarai and Hagar-- made a complete mess of things.  Sarai decided to offer her maidservant as a surrogate mother; Hagar was prideful and hateful to Sarai thus causing strife amongst the three of them; Abram—a man of faith-- did not take responsibility for the problem he helped create.  Instead of accessing the situation from the beginning and seeking God and asking “Is this right?” he went along with Sarai’s plan to have a child with a slave girl.  Hagar ran from her problem instead of submitting to authority and her position in life as a surrogate mother.  YET, God took the mess these three created and demonstrated His ability to work things out for good. (Romans 8:28)

 

God saw Hagar and had a plan for her, and her unborn son Ishmael, far above what this young mother could have ever imagined.  If we read further in Genesis we find out one of Abraham’s grandsons, Esau, married Ishmael’s daughter and it was the Ishmaelite traders, themselves descended from an Egyptian slave girl, who transported Abraham’s great-grandson Joseph into slavery in Egypt.  And we all know how God used Joseph in saving the remnant Israel, God’s chosen people, from starvation. 

 

El Roi sees us.  Many times we find ourselves in situations—some situations caused by us as in the story of Hagar, some caused by others and some just happen. We too react to a situation and sometimes do foolish things; things that could cause more harm than good.  We can be sure no matter what we are going through, El Roi (the God Who Sees) sees us and comes to our rescue.   

 

LADIES--GOD ALWAYS HAS A PLAN FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!  He knows the beginning from the end and He sees every tear we shed, every temper tantrum we have, and every obstacle we face.   The next time you feel like God does not see, be reminded of the story of Hagar and these scriptures as well:    

 

Jeremiah 23:24

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.

 

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account

 

Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

But now, this is what the Lord says—

He who created you, Jacob,

He who formed you, Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine

 

Hebrews 13:5 the Message Bible

Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?

 

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

 

 

God rejoices over us.  He longs for an intimate relationship with His bride.

For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Isaiah 62:5

 

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

 

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
Zechariah 2:8

 

Elohim, created of everything, is El Roi, our God Who Sees Us and we are all precious to Him.

 

Always loving the Lord and you,

 

Lori Robbins

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