Hello, My Name is ... God | Genesis 16:13
Genesis 16:13 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 was a bad idea. Sarah could not have children, so she “took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.” Abraham complied. A bad idea followed by a bad decision. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarah despised her and blamed Abraham for the whole ordeal. Sarah treated her maidservant so badly that Hagar ran for her life.
The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert. He told her to return to Sarah, and then gave instruction that her child—a son—should be named Ishmael, which means “God hears.” After the angel of the Lord gave a name to her son, Hagar gave this name to the Lord—El Roi: The God who sees me.
Maybe, like Hagar, you feel alone and abandoned…fending for yourself in the desert. Remember…you are never alone. You serve El Roi. He sees you and is well aware of your situation. Take comfort in knowing that you are never out of his sight. Even if you are alone due to your own bad decisions…take heart…he is still the God who sees.
Father, for those who feel alone and abandoned, keep them as the apple of your eye and hide them in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8). In Jesus’ name. Amen.