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Today’s Truth

She [Hagar] 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

Friend to Friend

Let’s face it. People let us down. They disappoint us. And so does God. Often our experiences fall short of our expectations for God to meet all our needs the way we think He should, and like a lover who has been wronged, we tend to guard our hearts against future disappointment by lowering our expectations and trust. But make no mistake about it, God sees. God understands. He is not aloof.

One day I was sitting on the patio with my friend Beth and her stepfather, Sam, waiting for the grill to heat up before placing steaks on to cook. Beth’s mom opened the door and gave Sam his orders — telling him what to do and how to do it. When she went back inside, Sam made a hand signal, pointing in one ear and out the other. We all three laughed. Then he placed his ruddy hand on Beth’s arm, a hand worn by years of working under the hood of cars of every make and model.

“She was pretty hard on you growing up, wasn’t she?” he asked.

“You have no idea,” Beth answered with a sigh.

But Sam did have an idea. He understood. And that one simple gesture let her know that he had peered into her heart and had seen the truth. The weathered, uneducated country mechanic had looked under the hood of her heart with wisdom and seen the damaged engine within. A heart, though healed by Christ, that still felt the phantom pains of a little girl who felt she was never good enough, who was constantly told what to do and how to do it—and who never did it quite right. Sam saw her heart, and for that, Beth loved him. And so did I.

How like God. He places His hand on your shoulders, looks into your eyes, and lets you know that He understands. “I see you,” He says. “I see what you are going through.” Like Hagar who experienced a sudden glory moment with God in the desert, we too can know God as El Roi, “the God who sees me,” (Genesis 16:13).

The book of Hebrews tells us that we have a High Priest, Jesus, who understands what we are going through. He “sympathizes” with our weakness (Hebrews 4:15). The word “sympathizes” comes from two Greek words, smy and pathos, meaning, “suffer with.” We are not alone in our suffering and there are glory moments to be found in the dark if we will keep our eyes open to see.

God did not write the story of your life and then sit back to watch it play out. He is in the story with you. As a matter of fact, He has the leading role. Oh, we try to butt in and take the spotlight. We try to push Him out of the way and take over the lead. But when we get to heaven and look at the playbill, we will see that God had the leading role all along, and our names were there in supporting roles as a display of His glory. Oh, if we only knew.

Let’s Pray

El Roi, I praise You that You are the God Who sees me. You know everything that I am going through, everything I have gone through, and everything I will go through in the future. Thank You for watching over me and always doing what is in my best interest. I love you, Lord.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Have you ever felt like God didn’t care about you?

Did you realize that many people in the Bible felt the same way?

But what is the promise of Hebrews 13:5? “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

What does “never” mean? You got it! It means never!

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6 Responses to “God Sees You”

  1. Dee says:

    We have been married fifty-one years. There has been blessings of children and grandchildren, which I am so grateful for.

    My husband although he has committed his life to Christ, has been very self centered. He has had many health issues over these years that have required surgery and many of the issues are because he refuses to follow the instructions of the doctors to keep himself healthy. He just had his second open heart surgery. He had a heart valve replacement and two bypasses at the end of November. Through all these health issues it has been a lot of work to take care of him. I am not complaining about the work, but it is so difficult to be unappreciated.

    Our family had a fifty anniversary party for us and my friend that lead us to The Lord said it would be great for him to say how he appreciated the dedication that has been done for him all these years. His comment was “I have nothing to say.” To say it was hurtful again, was an understatement. Fortunately, our children and friends do encourage me and see what goes on.

    I was feeling so sad this morning because of situation and read your lesson for the day, “people let you down.” Boy, that really struck home for me. God knows our situation and He is with us, helped me a lot. I have known this, but it was good to get a reminder. He puts His hand on my shoulder looks into my eyes and says He understands, made tears come to my eyes.

    Thank you for following God’s instructions and writing these wonderful messages of encouragement to so many woman. He speaks to us through these lessons. May God continue to bless your ministry in 2016. Blessings to you and yours. Love, your sister in Christ.

    • Lolaa says:

      You are taking the word “long suffering” to a whole new level (Gal 5:22), so commend you for that. May God continue to give you strength for all you do for him and may his heart be opened to see your love for him. You will have your reward my sister.

  2. Charlotte says:

    Thank you for this devotional today. It was right on time as only yesterday I cried out to God, “Where are you, Lord. Why have you left us?” I need to know God is here protecting my son, who is going through the most difficult time of his young life. I pray for God’s mercy on him and no matter how impossible the situation seems, I know God is able. All who read this please pray for God’s protection over my son and for both of us to have faith that God can make a way out of no way. Thank you and God bless you for your prayers.

  3. Audrey W. says:

    Thank you Sharon for this. As it’s a new year, I thought I try new devotions and GiG was at the top. 2015 has been a world wind, most of the time I’m left wondering where God is and what He’s doing. But Genesis 16:13 will be my word to carry me through the new year. Thank you so much and God bless!

  4. Jae says:

    Thank you for this reminder! Please pray for me and my two children as we navigate life after a very painful and cruel divorce. I’ve wondered countless number of times where God is and how he could allow so much suffering, especially for my little ones. I’ve been more than disappointed and angry at God and I feel myself wanting to give up so many times. Please pray for me and my little family! I’m trying to remember that He SEES ME and that He is GOOD and that He really does care…but it’s so hard. Thank you!

  5. Toni says:

    I’m late reading this and yet I feel that I read it at the right moment. I have had moments of ” Do you see me God? Do you care? Why is everyone else getting their prayers answered and mine have not been answered. Then an amazing thing happens. God lets me know that he does see me and he does care. Just like he did by sending prompting me to go back and look at past devotionals, this devotional for me to read today. He has dome it time and time again and I thank him for it.

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