The past few weeks, I have been sharing notes and printables I have put together for a ladies Sunday School class I have been teaching on the names of God.
This is the fourth post in this series. You can get the handouts and thoughts on the first three posts here:
- Names of God (no handout)
- Elohim, The Creator God (2 handouts)
- El Elyon, The God Most High (2 handouts)
Today’s post is on El Roi, The God Who Sees
The only time we see the name El Roi is in Genesis 16:13.
And she (Hagar) called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me (El Roi): for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
Sarah has had enough of Hagar. In the King James version, it says that “Sarai dealt hardly with her.” Hagar runs away into the desert to get away from Sarah. But we know that we can never outrun God. He sees where we are all the time, and He can find us.
Verse 6 of chapter 16 says that “the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.” He askes her where she came from. She answers that she is fleeing from her mistress Sarai. He then tells her to go back to Sarai, that He will multiply her seed, and that she would have a son that she was to “name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.” (verse 11)
After this declaration is when Hagar called God, “Thou God seest me” in verse 16.
From this story, we see a wonderful truth about our God: He sees, He hears, and He acts!
Many people see a problem. Many people hear about a problem. But do they do anything about it? Many do not. But God does — He sees our needs; He hears our prayers, and He comes to our aid in times of trouble.
“When God sees, He cares, He delivers, and He acts on your behalf.” Catherine Martin
Even though the name El Roi is only used in Scripture this one time, there are many passages about God seeing. Here are just 5 of those passages:
- Psalm 139:16 — Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (God saw us even in the womb.)
- Hebrews 4:13 — Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (God sees everything.)
- I Samuel 16:7 — But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. (God sees our hearts.)
- Psalm 34:15 — The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. (God watches over the righteous, and He hears our cries.)
- Proverbs 15:3 — The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (He sees the good and the bad. He knows.)
Through these studies, I have loved to see how we can make applications to our life today. God is still the same God that He was back in Old Testament times. He is still El-Roi. He still sees, hears, and acts on the behalf of those that love Him!
Jesus Christ today sees and intercedes on our behalf. He is our El-Roi!
Sons and daughters of the Living God can experience victory IN the very midst of tribulations, distresses or persecutions because He gives a supernatural provision through Christ, our El Roi Who sees our need and strengthens us to press on against all odds.
How can we apply this lesson to our life? How does knowing that God sees me change the way we live?
- We remember that we are accountable to God. You can’t hide from God. (Jonah 2:1)
- We take comfort that we are not alone. You have One who is always looking out for you, who can help you and deliver you. (Psalm 145:18-20)
- We have a friend who sticks closer than a brother. This awareness that God sees you regardless of where you are emphasizes God’s nearness in your life. (Proverbs 18:24)
- We must remember that we not forgotten. El Roi notices everything about you. He even knows how many hairs you have on your head. (Luke 12:7, Isaiah 49:16)
I hope that these truths about our God, El-Roi, the God Who is Sees, is an encouragement to you! You can print out the handout of notes HERE and the printable graphic of the card above HERE.
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