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El Roi – God Who Sees

“The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men” (Psalm 33:13)

We know that God is All-Mighty, Ever-Present, and All-Knowing, but do we live in that belief that God sees all that we do. I have spent a lot of my live hiding things that I have done or do from people, particularly my parents, my boss, and various others whose opinion I do not want to be formed upon the complete truth. These days of later years I have become more transparent but still that attitude of secrecy creeps in. But through it all it is not Santa Clause that knows if I am naughty or nice, it is God who sees all that I do and contemplate. We may for a time hide that which we want kept in the closet from the folks, but, all that we do is seen by our God Who Sees. This is a wonderful blessing to each of us that no matter how great the darkness that we find ourselves in we serve a God Who Sees, El Roi. “Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” (Psalm 139:12)

I was reading an article in the magazine Guide Post the other day written by Joel Osteen. Joel was talking about a dream that he had and wanted someday to accomplish. His article was advice on how to keep that dream before you and present upon your mind so you would always be moving towards that accomplishment. Joel wanted to write a book so he placed a book that his father had written in a place that he would see it every day. Of course this would inspire him each day and though I did not get to finish the article I found this to be great advice. If we place that which is an inspiration in our daily path then we will strive to achieve it. The Apostle Paul eluded to this in the book of Philippians. “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) Our inspiration is to “Keep Our Eyes on Jesus.”

This becomes more real to us as we become more aware that we serve a God Who Sees. Whatever situation we find or place ourselves in, God sees. He knows the battles that we face, He knows the trial and tribulations that are constantly before us and our Lord knows how to lead us through. Our walk with Jesus is a walk of faith. Faith that the work He has done for us on the cross is sufficient to lead us to our eternal home. Faith that His Word is true and His promises are sure. Faith that in our darkest hour His light will shine and lead us safely home. Faith that all that comes against us will work towards our good because He loves us and has fought that battle for us. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

The first time we see God addressed as the God Who Sees is found in Genesis. “Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.” (Genesis 16:13-14) It was Hagar the handmaid of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who said, “You are a God who sees.”

 

God had promised that Abraham would be the father of multitudes. This is why God had changed his name from Abram to Abraham which we learned last week means “Father of Multitudes.” But Abrahams’s wife Sarah was barren and could not have children. Sarah became impatient with God and gave her handmaid Hagar to Abraham to have a child with. Which Abraham did and Hagar became pregnant. Sarah became jealous of Hagar and mistreats her. When Ishmael was born Sarah told Abraham that Hagar and Ismael must leave and Abraham sadly sent them away.

As Hagar was running away they soon ran out of food and water and things became desperate for Hagar and her son Ishmael. Ishmael sought comfort from the hot sun beneath a bush and laid there in a hopeless and dying situation. The baby boy became weaker and weaker and Hagar believed that it would not be long for him to live. The scene was more than a loving mother could bear and she began to wail out in grief. But we serve a loving and compassionate God Who Sees and will provide for His people. “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

God sent an angel to comfort Hagar and Ishmael and he called out to Hagar. “Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.” (Genesis 21:18) Hagar did as the angel commanded and lifted the boy from beneath the bush and God opened her eyes to His provision. “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.” (Genesis 21:19)

Do we believe in God? Do we believe that He is? If we do then we know that He is a God Who Sees. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3) That everything we do we do is in His presence. God honors us with His grace and His presence. All that we do should bring honor to Him. I admit that is does not always happen that way. But each time I stumble I get back up and strive to live by His Word. I strive that the balance of my good and evil will weigh heavy to the good work that I was created to accomplish. I trust that my Lord will fully justify me before my Heavenly Father. This is the dream, the desire that we all should have to grow into the likeness of Him, our Lord, that the world may see His light in us and know the truth. “So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)

The inspiration that we need to live and honorable life for our God Who Sees is the same inspiration that Peter needed to walk upon the water. We must learn that as we travel through our day, every minute of our day, to keep our eyes upon Jesus. He is our example and that is what Jesus did to live His perfect righteous life here in the darkness of the world. “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19)

A good old gospel song the Oak Ridge Boys sang has a verse in it that holds a powerful secret and goes like this. “Keep your thoughts upon Jesus; For you know the Lord up above has made a new creature of you; And you will grow in His likeness; As daily your mind and your life, you’ll renew.”

So as we are going through our day and we notice that we are beginning to sink beneath the waves, turn our eyes back upon Jesus and follow the One who saves. “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” (John 12:26)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, October 25, 2015

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