Present & Pleased Devotional DAY FIVE
“I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 (NIV)
Hagar was forced to conceive a child with her master [Abraham] at the request of his barren wife [Sarah], and then once the word is out that she is pregnant they aren’t happy with her. Tired of being mistreated, she ran away.
As Hagar sat next to a spring in the desert pondering her next move, God met with her. The angel of the Lord spoke to her and told her the name of her son would be Ishmael, which means “the Lord hears.” For the first time in a long time, Hagar had been heard. El Roi is a Hebrew name for God. It means “God of seeing” or “the God who sees me.” Not only had Hagar been heard, but she had also been seen.
Isn’t that what we all want? To be seen and heard? When no one else does, God sees you. Hagar’s story reminds us that no matter how isolated you feel, you are not alone. And you are not invisible. You are on God’s radar.
The song Oh My on Central Worship's new album ends, "Then I'm reminded just how You see me."
So, straighten those shoulders. Stand a little taller. Hold that head high, and look up at the God who sees you.
middle school pastor
I sometimes use to wonder if God saw me, as I've went through a lot in my life, and never thought it would get any better, but I've seen Him bring me out of it even though most times I thought he was never around. I now know he sees me just like everyone else, one of his children.