If you have read the last couple of Thoughtful Thursday posts, you know I have been studying about the life of Sarah.
This past week, I took a couple of detours as I studied Sarah’s life. When I got to the part of Sarah making Hagar leave, I enjoyed studying how God graciously comes to Hagar and meets her where she was. I can’t remember now where I found all different quotes as I was studying, but I liked this quote:
Even when we are in the middle of suffering and pain brought on by our own actions, the Lord still comes to find us and minister to us. What a great picture of grace! Abram, Sarai, and Hagar made a wrong choice; but God knew what was happening. In His love, He came to Hagar to relieve her suffering.
We find this story in Genesis 16, and Genesis 16:7 says, “And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.”
The Hebrew word for “found” in this verse refers to “finding” someone or something that is lost or misplaced. Certainly Hagar must have felt both “lost” and “misplaced”, yet God finds her.
Then in verse 8, we see: “And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.”
Of course God knew where she came from and where she was going, but He drew her out. He tells her details that only God could know such as the fact that she is pregant and that she will have a son whom she should call Ishmael.
This revelation that she was carrying a son proved to her that He was God — and she calls Him, “Thou God seest me,” or in Hebrew, “El Roi.” (Genesis 16:13)
This is significant, because it is the only place in the Bible that the name El Roi is used. It is also significant that Hagar says, “Thou God seest ME.” He just doesn’t see and observe. He sees me, where I am at this moment, what my heartache is, and He cares. He comes and finds me where I am and extends grace even when I do not deserve it.
The name El Roi implies our value as a person, no matter who we are or what we do; it implies that God sees all hearts and the complete truth about every situation; it implies that because God sees, we are never alone; and it implies that in seeing, God is with us to confront, comfort, protect and deliver. The name El Roi specifically applies to God seeing, hearing, knowing, understanding and helping us in our misery.
Just like Hagar, we can rest in God when we are down and out. When circumstances are beyond our control, we can remember His promises such as:
Ps. 34:18 – The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 55:22 – Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
The name Ishmael showed Hagar that God not only saw her, but hat He also heard her. The name Ishmael means, “God will hear.” During those hard times in life, we need to know that God sees us — He has not forgotten us. He has not turned a blind eye to us. He sees us — and He hears us! Cry out to Him. He will hear. He cares for our cares!
Hagar’s wilderness experience brought her face-to-face with God and taught her that “I AM” is the living God who SEES our plight and HEARS our cry when we hurt. He is a personal God, concerned about our needs.
Hagar believed that God cared for her, because in Genesis 16:14, it says, “Wherefore the well was called Beer–lahai–roi.” Beer-Lahai-Roi means “well of Living One Who sees me.”
That same God sees and hears us as well. Even though we don’t see the name El Roi in Scripture after Genesis 16:13, we have many verses about God seeing us:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Psalm 33:18
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. I Peter 3:12
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3
Run to El Roi — He sees you and He will hear you!
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