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."
It is amazing how God can use our everyday circumstances to show us who He is! I was busy with my weekly grocery shop, and could not help notice a young mother pushing her toddler in the grocery trolley while her little boy ran ahead of her. He must have been about 5 or 6 years old.
He kept taking items off the shelves to throw them into his mother’s trolley and she kept taking them out and putting them back. I sympathised with her as she tried to finish her shopping and control her very energetic son. When she put a bag of sweets back on the shelf, he deviously threw it back into her trolley while her back was turned. When he tried the third time to repeat the action she caught him as he was about to take it off the shelf and calling his name, she said “Dylan! I see you!”
This stopped him in his tracks and he looked at her and put the bag of sweets back.
I was struck at how those three simple words “I see you!” was enough for him to respond and obey.
The God who Sees me!
Over the years I have experienced many aspects of God’s character as portrayed in His Name. “The God who Provides” (Jehovah-Jireh, constantly revealed Himself to me as we trusted Him for provision. “The Lord who is Peace” (Jehovah-Shalom), was with me as we navigated the different seasons of our lives. I could go on mentioning at least 5 or 6 Names of God that He has revealed to me to show me His character or an attribute.
But that shopping incident opened my eyes to another aspect of God that I had not been aware of. The God who Sees me!
Our Lowest Point
In Genesis 16:1-16 Hagar, the servant of Sarai, met this character of God in the desert at the lowest point of her life.
Sarai, Abram's wife, had given him no children so she told Abram to sleep with Hagar so she could have children and build a family through her. Abram agreed to what Sarai said and when Hagar fell pregnant she began to despise her mistress. Sarah complained to Abraham and he gave Hagar back to Sarah and told her she can do whatever she thinks best. Sarai mistreated Hagar so she fled into the wilderness. God meets her in the desert and gives her a prophetic word about Ishmael the son she was pregnant with and sends her back to Sarai.
Genesis 16:13 NLT Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, "You are the God who sees me." She also said, "Have I truly seen the One who sees me?"
Hagar named the well or spring Beer-lahai-roi "A Well of the Living One Who Sees Me."
In Hagar’s time of distress, of being rejected by Abram and treated badly by Sarai, she meets the God who sees her!
“God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors, and blemishes. But He also sees our value. (Max Lucado)
No matter what we are going through Jesus sees us!
Ladies, God sees us! He sees what we are going through!
Those being mistreated in the work place or even at home ...Jesus sees you!
Those struggling financially, not knowing where the next rand will come from to pay the debts ...Jesus sees you!
Those who do not know where to turn - life is too overwhelming at the moment …Jesus sees you!
Those feeling lost and lonely…Jesus sees you!
Those in a dry wilderness season and cannot hear God…..Jesus sees you!
Those feeling betrayed by loved ones…Jesus sees you!
No matter what we are going through, Jesus sees us!
How do we see ourselves?
We cannot allow our circumstances to define how we see ourselves! No matter what we are going through, who has rejected us or hurt us, what hardships we are experiencing, what pain and anxiety we are experiencing – it does not change how God sees us!
We all struggle in the midst of those times, to see God or even think of how He sees us but it is in those times we need to simply believe in His word. What He thinks of us!
God’s Word causes us to become what He desires us to be! If we are wanting to become more like Jesus Christ, we need to see ourselves as God sees us. Someone may have once confessed over our life that we were ugly, stupid or a failure, but we have to rather believe what God says about us! In Him we are always exceptional and special!
Psalm 139 : 13, 14
“For You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”
“I take you at Your word You take me by the hand”
There is a part from the song “My Confidence” by Iron Bell Music that says “In every circumstance
no matter where I am, I take you at Your word, You take me by the hand.
When the days are difficult, we take Jesus at His Word and He will take us by the Hand and lead us through those times! What a comforting thought!
The part we play is to take Him at His Word. We need to believe what He says in His Word.
Positioning for Revelation
· Consider where you are Looking – we cannot keep our focus and attention down on our circumstances, on our hurt or betrayal or difficulty. We need to choose to look upward to the God who Sees me!
· Consider Jesus “…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:2,3)
· Consider Others – as we reach out to others and comfort them in their difficulty, we ourselves are encouraged and built up.
Questions to Ponder
· Do I know God sees me in every circumstance?
· How do I see myself?
· What does Scripture reveal about what God thinks about me?
· Do I feel encouraged and comforted by the fact that God’s eyes are on me in my difficult times?
· Who can I reach out to, to help in their time of need?
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