El Roi “the God who sees me”
She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13 NIV)
“God of Seeing” – the name ascribed to God by Hagar who was alone and desperate in the wilderness after being driven out by Sarah (Genesis 16:1-14). When Hagar met the Angel of the Lord, she realized she had seen God Himself. She also realized that El Roi saw her in her distress and testified that He is a God who lives and sees all.
Recently, a very close friend of mine went through some tough situations in her life. When I met her, tears were rolling down from her eyes because of the pain she was going through. And when I saw her in that situation, I couldn’t control myself. I was moved and started feeling pain in my heart by seeing at the agony she was going through. While driving back to my home, I was distressed, thinking what can I do for her? How can I help her to bring back joy in her life. As all these thoughts were running in my mind, then at that moment, God spoke to me, “Being a friend, you saw her pain and couldn’t see her tears, and it moved you. She is my daughter, I love her and bought her with my precious blood. Imagine how much more it would have moved me?”
Dear Ones, this is the love of our God. When you cry out to Him, He moves with compassion. The word of God says in Isaiah 49:15, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
You may feel like God is not looking at you. You are all alone in the wilderness and came to the end of hope. The Lord says this, “My Child I have not left you alone, I am seeing all that you are going through and I am here to deliver you.”
The same God who saw Hagar in a helpless condition and delivered her will deliver you too. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Keep faith in God. He will never put you down.
— Shabna Nikhil