The story of Hagar has been before me for a few days. Hagar, the Egyptian maidservant of Sarai. She was stripped of all personal rights as a person, as a woman, and had to give into Sarai’s every demand.
Her very name, Hagar, means “flight”. This is the very thing she would be doing once she became pregnant at Sarai’s insistence by her husband, Abram. Now mistreated and disrespected, Hagar runs away. She flees to the wilderness where the Angel of the Lord finds her by a spring of water.
It was to a fugitive slave, a pregnant and unwed woman, that God reveals Himself.
“Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who- Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” (Genesis 16:13, NKJV)
El-Roi. The God who sees me.
God knew what Hagar was experiencing. He knew that she was on the run with little provision, and He was watching over her.
Under no circumstance could Hagar escape the watchful eye of God. God cares about those who are cast aside, disadvantaged, mistreated, rejected, and abused. It was to Hagar that God revealed Himself.
The same way God provided and protected Hagar, He is with each of us over the course of our lives. The Lord Himself steps into our impossible situations and intervenes. He hears the cries of the afflicted, sees the needs, and moves in power to tend to them.
“In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles.” (Psalm 34:6, NLT)
Our God will come to the very place we are to be with us. He is the living One who sees us. We are never invisible to His watchful eyes.
El Roi – “The God who sees me.”