Do you know that the names for God in the Bible reveal his promises to his people?
One of his Hebrew names is El Roi, which means “The God who sees me”, and is found in Genesis 16.
“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.'” (Genesis 16:13)
Hagar (who was expecting Abram’s child) was being abused by her mistress Sarai so she ran away from her. God went to her hiding place to remind her that he sees her in her distress and will make good on his promise to her–to bless her with a son who will have many descendants. This was a big deal for a woman during this time!
Scriptures are clear that God cares deeply for the broken-hearted and the downcast. And, he specifically has a special place in his heart for lonely women and neglected children.
God told Hagar to return to her position as a servant. How challenging that must have been! But God promised to be there with her. Things ended up becoming worse for her and her son Ishmael after Isaac was born to her mistress, but God came to the rescue again. (See Genesis 21.) He reminded her of his promise to her.
“Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” (Genesis 21:18)
What has God promised you in your distress?
“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him! Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” (Psalms 68:4-6)
Do you feel abandoned and alone? God sees you and meets you in your solitude. He reminds you of this promise:
Your mind and your heart are guarded by the Creator of the universe!
You have his peace and you can’t even begin to imagine all the blessings that entails for you. Enlightenment begins by being grateful to him and by trusting in him.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
May you sense his gaze upon you and know his peace today! ❤ Tracey