Monday, January 6
You are the God who sees me
Scripture: Genesis 15-17, Luke 6
Genesis 16:13 Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?”
When Hagar, Sarai’s Egyptian slave, became pregnant by Abram, she began to treat Sarai with contempt. She looked down her nose at Sarai, who was unable to get pregnant. This infuriated Sarai and she blamed Abram, even though this had been her proposal. Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she ran away—she ran toward Egypt, toward home.
But the journey was long and dangerous. When she sat down by a well in the desert, I imagine she was tired, afraid and anxious, and she cried out to the Lord. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her to go back to Sarai and submit to her (a difficult assignment) and reassured her. She was to name her son Ishmael (meaning “God hears”) for “the Lord has heard your cry of distress.”
She gave God a name: “You are the God who sees me.” And she expressed her surprise at seeing the God who sees her.
Hagar thought she was desperately alone, but God showed up and let her know that He knew where she was, He heard her cry and saw her situation. This must have given her the courage to return to Sarai, knowing that God sees her and hears her—she wasn’t alone.
In the midst of our difficulties, our hardship and despair, we are not alone. God sees us and hears us. He is with us. He sees and He is at work accomplishing His purposes.
One of my favorite stories is about a traveling evangelist from Yakima WA who was discouraged. He stopped to get lunch and gas in Ohio, and heard a pay phone ringing and ringing. He answered—it was a person-to-person call for him! A despairing woman had seen him on TV and thought he could help her, but she didn’t know how to reach him. Then a phone number came to her mind. She wrote it down and called, thinking it was his office—it was the pay phone he was near in Ohio. He prayed with the woman, and went back to work with fresh hope and courage. “God sees me. God knows where I am.”
Today, I want to remember that “You are the God who sees me.” I am not alone…ever.
Prayer: Thank you for being the God who sees me and hears me! You know where I am!