“Often in the midst of life’s
struggles, when we don't understand why something is happening to us, or those
around us, we just need to keep our eyes on the Maker. He sees the bigger
picture and He sees us. He knows our struggles and what's in our heart of
hearts, even when no one else knows we are having a rough morning, day, week,
or year. He understands even when no else does. We need to rely on His strength
rather than our own. He can (and will) get us through. - Tanya Smith
Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight…” Now look at how verse 8 begins “We
are of good courage.” (nasb)
We may not
see all that God is doing on our behalf, or in our situation, but one thing we
can count on is that He sees us. His
name is El Roi, and it means, “The God who sees.”
Genesis 16 that we first find this name of God mentioned. El Roi, the God who sees. It's the story of
Abram and Sarai. They've had the promise from God to have a son, and yet years
have gone by. You might remember, Sarai was already past child bearing age at
the time the promise was given, and with time passing by she had become
impatient with not having the promised son, so she hatched a plan and gave her
maidservant, Hagar, to Abram, seeking to
use her as a surrogate. Hagar conceives, but after the boy is born, things
don't work as Sarai planned and she instead becomes jealous. She mistreats Hagar to the point that one day
Hagar runs away, it is then that we have the first mention of El Roi, for God,
in His omniscience and omnipresence, speaks to Hagar and she learns that the
God of her master Abram sees her, a lowly servant. What an amazing thing. God
thought her worthy to speak to.
she was all alone in her misery, that no one understood, that no one cared
about a woman in her position, but God shows up, He speaks to her, and in that
moment, she calls Him, El Roi, the God who sees.
What is more
important is the fact that God not only saw HER but He sees YOU. He knows YOUR circumstances and your story.
story continues with God telling her to go back to her master, that He will be
with her. And she does. And He is. An interesting point is that He didn’t remove
her from the situation but instead promised to be with her IN it.
He is the God
that sees and He sees you. In fact,
we’re told in 2 Chronicles 16:9a that “the eyes of the Lord move to and fro
throughout the earth, that He may strongly support those whose heart is
completely His.” The question then is, is your heart completely His?
your situation, whatever your day may hold, you can face it with courage
because He sees you, He is there, just waiting to help you through. Set your
heart completely on Him. We may not see how He can, but we can know He is able,
because He sees all things. He knows the beginning to the end. He knows how to
fix whatever is going on in your life.
Be of good
courage. Trust Him, He is the God who sees, and He's watching over you.
"Father, thank You that You are
the God who sees. You know our needs and our desires even before we do. You
know what is up ahead in the road, and are preparing a way, may we ever walk in
faith. Praise You for being a God that is Omniscient and Omnipresent. Help us
to trust You today, and to trust You with all of our tomorrows, knowing that
You see us. You see us and are eager to help.
In Christ's holy name, Amen."
An addendum in January of 2020. This was written back in 2015, long
before Tanya would endure the crucible of cancer. And we want you to know… God
is still El Roi! He was with her, with us, every step of the way as He went
before us, behind us and had His hand upon us. God is good to all who seek Him!
He makes us courageous, even when!