The God Who Sees

4th June, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“You are the God who sees me. I have now seen the One who sees me.” Hagar spoke these words after she had run away from her mistress Sarai (Genesis 16). What put Hagar in this desert place was sin. Hagar had despised Sarai because she (Hagar) had become pregnant to Sarai’s husband Abram when Sarai couldn’t. Then Sarai, angry and jealous, mistreated Hagar. Finally Hagar ran away. Alone and scared, Hagar was sitting by a desert spring when the LORD met  her.

The LORD looked upon this frightened and sinful woman with eyes of compassion. When Hagar felt abandoned from the love of any human being, God met her and reassred her of His love.

Psalm 11 has a similar message. “He (the LORD) observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.The LORD  examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence, his soul hates” (verse 4b,5). What a comfort to know that the LORD’s eyes are always observing me, not to judge or scold, but to protect, and though I may feel alone like Hagar when people close to me act like my enemies, my God is ever present with me to sustain me.

As a counselor I talk with women who have suffered physical and sexual abuse from family members. Knowing why God in His sovereignty permits such wickedness to occur is an unanswered question. What the woman and I come to realize, though, as we talk together is that we can see evidence of God’s presence with her even in the midst of the horror.  The God who sees all hates the wicked, and because He is just, the wicked will be punished. The God who sees all is close to His children at all times. We are always under His observant, protective care. We need to realize this, and like Hagar, repeat the encouraging words, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

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