EL ROI: THE GOD WHO SEES ME
“You are a God who sees me.”
“…every moment You know where I am.”
The Meaning of His Name:
Only one woman in the Bible ever called God, El Roi. No men clung to that name- ever!
Hagar was Abraham’s mistress, though she started out innocently enough as Sarah’s servant. Her days rolled by in a monotone of mindless work. No hope of getting ahead, no chance for marriage or family. She had traveled far away from home for this position and had no intention of jeopardizing her job by messing up.
But Sarah was not a nice woman. She wielded her sharp tongue with empirical power. As Sarah grew more and more frustrated with what she saw as her husband’s passive response to God’s promise, her bitter attitude spilled all over Hagar.
Go ahead and read Hagar’s story in Genesis chapter sixteen— it’s a story well worth mulling over. Ultimately, Hagar ran as far from Sarah’s meanness as she could get. With little but her shattered dignity to keep her company, she sat in the middle of the desert road and wept. All alone—no family, no friends, no children to call her own.
That’s when she saw God. Actually, that’s when Hagar realized that God saw her.
Do you really realize yet that God sees you? The one you hide from everyone else. The you under all the make up and pretty clothes and pretend piety. The you no one else sees.
That’s the you He saw hanging from the cross.
That’s the you He longs to come close to every day.
The real you.
After all, He is…the God Who Sees Me.
From my heart,