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El Roi-the God Who Sees

I love when I find a hidden treasure in Scripture.

I was pondering the story of Hagar in Genesis 16 while reading about a particular name of God. This is the only time in Scripture this name is used. And it is used with:

~ a woman

~ a single mom

~ an outcast from society

~ isolated due to circumstances she had no control over.

Sounds all too familiar, right?

The God Who Sees. El Roi. 

What did He see?

He saw Hagar, this Egyptian servant, living with Abraham and Sarah.

Do you ever feel invisible in society? Widows lose their social standing often, due to the loss of their spouse. I was thinking the other day that I miss being “in the know”. My husband, due to his career, knew a lot of the people in town and what was going on downtown.

I barely know what is going on in my own home! I am no longer part of the “Mr. and Mrs.” group at Christmas parties. Heck, I rarely even go OUT after dark, except to pick up one of my kids from somewhere.

But God sees me.

God found Hagar as she was alone with her child in the wilderness.

She had given up.

She had been sent away from the family group because of Sarah’s anger toward her for having Abraham’s baby.

I’m guessing she knew a lot about Abraham and Sarah’s true God because of living with them and being Sarah’s close servant. God saw her.

And, interestingly enough, Hagar was promised some of the very same things as Abraham: a son and lots of offspring. She KNEW who saw her. She was confident that God was looking after her.

Can I have that same confidence today?

God sees ME.

God is looking after ME.

Join me in praising God for this part of His character–El Roi, the One Who sees ME!

Genesis 16:13 ESV 

So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her,

“You are a God of seeing, for she said,

“Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”

Want to read about another name of God? El Shaddai by Sheryl

3 replies
  1. Janene Gaynor
    Janene Gaynor says:

    Love this, Elizabeth! I hadn’t realized that El Roi only appeared once in the bible. It is so comforting to realize He sees and His heart is toward us.

    • Elizabeth Dyer
      Elizabeth Dyer says:

      yes, Janene. It is a comfort. And one I need to be reminded of continually! He sees me and you today. I need that reminder! ~Elizabeth

  2. Louisa Hill
    Louisa Hill says:

    Sheryl, thank you so much for this message on El-Roi, the God Who sees me. This is so perfect for me this weekend as I flew from San Antonio to Atlanta for the weekend. My flight was delayed, and I felt some apprehension about having to make my way from the airport in Atlanta to a downtown hotel via the train. But, God saw me and provided help and guidance to direct me each step of the way. I feel so strengthened that God has blessed me to overcome a major hurdle. Thank you so much.

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