El Roi: The God Who Sees Me
As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.
It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.
Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Roi, The God Who Sees Me.
Our God, the one and true living God, is El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. God sees us; where we have been, where we presently are, and where we are going. El Roi sees our heart, our pain, and our disappointment. He sees where we are weak, and He sends His abundance of strength to lift us up. El Roi sees the end, where we are headed, and the great works He has prepared for us, all for His glory. He sees us as victorious in Christ Jesus.
El Roi, The God Who Sees Me, watches over every aspect of my life.
Let’s take a look at the story of Hagar. Hagar was Sarai’s (later known as Sarah’s) maid, given by Sarai to her husband Abram (later known as Abraham) to conceive an heir. Hagar became Abram’s concubine and the mother of Ishmael.
Once Hagar became pregnant, she began to despise (dislike or maybe even possibly, hate) Sarai. As a result, Sarai went to Abram and complained about how she was being treated and the attitude that Hagar had against her. Sarai blamed Abram, even though it was her initial idea to give Hagar to her husband.
We, too, have possibly made decisions without seeking God first, and when the outcome was not as we had planned, we attempted to blame others. You see, Sarai did not pray and consult God for guidance and that led to confusion and just a big ole mess.
“Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.”GENESIS 16:6 NLT
Hagar undoubtedly felt hurt, even though she initially loathed Sarai, and Hagar quite possibly was angry at the way she was being treated. She was broken and left with nothing.
So, Hagar packed up her son, Ishmael, and fled. Hagar was in a desperate situation and felt like she had no other options available to her.
Satan attempts to make us feel as though our situations are beyond repair. We feel like we are between a rock and a hard place with no available options. We, in our despair and desperation, have made some unwise decisions, but El Roi, The God Who Sees Me, is always faithful and His timing is without fail. He finds us in our mess and always provides a way out, if we are willing to obey and turn back to Him.
The story goes on to tell us how an Angel of the Lord found Hagar.
El Roi, The God Who Sees Me, finds us and sees us in our out of control places.
“The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?”GENESIS 16:8 NLT
“I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.
From my point of view, I feel like the Angel asked Hagar the question and required a response as part of the healing process and Hagar needing to own up to what she had done; her part in the brokenness of this relationship. At that very stage, she would be at the end of herself, and open to hearing the direction that God wanted her to go and the promises that come along with obedience to God.
THE SOLUTION: The Angel of the Lord told her to go back to her mistress and submit to her.
THE PROMISE: “I will give you more descendants than you can count.”
Looking at this promise from where Hagar found herself in the moment, it appeared impossible. Some of the promises that God has spoken over our lives seem like they will never come to realization. Our daily routines do not seem to have much room for divine interruption. But, if God promised it to us, it shall happen.
And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has heard your cry of distress. This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”GENESIS 16:11-12 NLT
How Amazing! This shows us that out of our misery, God will still bring life. El Roi, The God Who Sees Me, sees me in my troubles. He views not just who I am today, but who I can and will be in Him, tomorrow.
Now we get to the meat of the story, where Hagar has a true personal encounter with God.
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?”GENESIS 16:13 NLT
Hagar made a connection with the Lord and saw Him for herself in her lowest, most sorrowful place. She discovered she wasn’t alone.
Even when we can’t see Him, He never abandons us. Even when everyone else has forgotten about us or doesn’t seem to care, El Roi sees us and never lets us out of His protective sight.
Just like in Hagar’s predicament, when we cry out to God, He answers. El Roi sees us and hears our every sigh.
El Roi, the God Who Sees Me, is always there!
El Roi, The God Who Sees Me, nothing is hidden from You. You take my broken pieces and envelope them in your watchful care so that I may be delivered and set free. El Roi, You look down from heaven and You see the whole human race. From Your throne, You observe all who live on the earth. You made me, El Roi. You know my heart and understand everything about me. El Roi, I worship and honor You with reverential fear and hope in Your steadfast love. Truly Your eye is on me and You deliver my soul from death and keep me alive in my times of insufficiency. Thank You for Your continued protection and for seeing me, even when no one else does.
But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.
We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.
Psalm 33:18-22 NLT
In Jesus’ name! Amen!
Psalm 33:13-15, 18-22
MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE NAMES OF GOD
- Elohim: God, Mighty Creator
- El Roi: The God Who Sees Me
- El Shaddai: God Almighty
- Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide
- Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals
- Yahweh Shalom: The Lord is Peace
- Yahweh Roi: The Lord is My Shepherd
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NAMES OF GOD
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“I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.”
Psalm 89:1 NLT
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