Verse of the Day


"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.'"

~Genesis 16:13


Today's Devotional Thought

June 26, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



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God Who Sees

I don't know what you have going on in your life right now, but I imagine that you have something going on that no one on this Earth even knows about. Maybe it is something big that you are keeping to yourself. Or maybe it is something small in your heart that is too painful, too embarrassing, or too personal to share with anyone else.

Maybe you want someone else to know.

Or maybe you don't.

Maybe you don't even have the words to tell someone else what it is, even though you wish they could know.

Or maybe, even if you had the words, no one else would be able to help.

Maybe you think no one else would even care.

Whatever the specifics of your case, I am sure you have something going on inside you that no one else knows about. Something you think no one else can see. No one else except for God.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar in Genesis. It is a full story with a lot of lessons to be learned. We see many different attributes of God in this story. And the characteristic of God that Hagar saw so powerfully was God's all-knowing tenderness.

In Genesis 16, we read the whole story. The story where Abraham and Sarah take matters into their own hands in attempt to "help" God fulfill the promise he gave them. The story where Sarah convinces Abraham to sleep with her servant Hagar so he can have children through her. And where, predictably, jealousy and rivalry grow between Hagar and Sarah, resulting in Hagar fleeing from Sarah's mistreatment.

A story that leads up to the scene of Hagar alone in the wilderness.

Can you imagine what she must have been feeling?

Pregnant. Scared. Rejected. Uncertain about her future. Alone.

I just love verse 7 of this chapter: "The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert..."

The angel of the Lord found her.

Pregnant. Scared. Rejected. Uncertain about her future. Alone.

And, he found her.

The One who knows everything found her when she was alone and scared and hurting. And she called him El Roi, the God who sees.

When no one else saw her anguish, God did. And he tenderly found her and showed her that she was not alone. And then he instructed her in the way to go and was with her when she did.

I pray that you are not going through something as big as Hagar was. But if you are, know that God sees the situation. He sees your pain. And he will find you and be with you through it.

We can take great comfort in the fact that God sees us when no one else does. He sees our hidden hurts, fears, and injustices. And he promises to never leave us and to be with us through them all.

You are never alone. Never unseen.


Memorize this verse today:

"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.'"
~Genesis 16:13



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