Lisa Burkhardt Worley is on a ministry trip so this devotion is from our “best” of“ blogs. We will have an all new devotion on Tuesday. Have a blessed weekend!
From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do” (Psalm 33:13-15).
Isn’t it comforting to know God sees us? Not just the external façade, but he sees what’s going on in our hearts.
Unlike others who only see the painted smile, he knows the wounds of the heart: the brokenness, the betrayals, the mourning, and disappointment.
He is El Roi, the God who sees.
He is ever present, and also sees mistreatment, deception, and manipulation.
In Genesis 16, Abram’s wife, Sarai, became jealous of her servant Hagar, after she allowed her to sleep with her husband in order to bear a son for she and Abram. Because Sarai mistreated her, Hagar ran away. But the Angel of the Lord found Hagar in the desert and ministered to her. He told her he would increase her descendants that they’d be too numerous to count. She said, “You are the God who sees me…”
The Hebrew name for the God who sees: “El Roi.”
El Roi told her to go back to the difficulties at home, where she bore Abram a son, Ishmael.
Although he sees, God doesn’t always remove the trouble. Instead, he gives us hope in the midst of it.
What are you going through right now? God is not absent. He sees you and wants to guide you through your trial.
Last night I attended a visitation for a long-time pastor who passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s. I didn’t know him, but I was there for his wife, who I did know through Bible study. From diagnosis to death, the road has been difficult for her, but God saw her sadness, and now, he’s there to hold her up during one of the most difficult stretches of her life. During the few minutes we spent with our friend last night, I was amazed at her engaging smile, and the beauty displayed on her face, despite the circumstances.
God saw her as she cared for an ill husband, he sees her as she prepares to close this chapter of her life, and he will see her through the days to come.
Sisters and brothers, no matter how you feel, you are never alone in this life. God is watching you with great love and interest. He is there to guide you through the darkest of days, if you ask him.
“You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” (Psalm 139: 1-3).
Thank you, LORD, that we are not alone and that you see everything. There is nothing hidden from your sight, and because you are a righteous God, you will defend and take care of those who are obedient to your ways.
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