The God Who Sees Me

The God Who Sees Me

The God of the Old Testament, El Roi is still “The God Who Sees.” But sometimes we feel distant from God. In Psalm 43:2, David cried, “You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” He sees us in our depression, desperation, and difficulty. If you’ve ever felt rejected by God, you are in like company. God wants us to press into Him. He wants to be invited to take us to a deeper walk with Him. El Roi sees everything and knows everything; He knows and understands all that happens. I love this reminder from 2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” Maybe you don’t consider yourself as someone with a break-and-run mentality like Hagar. But if you have denied there is a problem or even avoided a problem, you are a runner. To face a problem means to admit it, and then to consider ways to solve it. Often it is easier to run away than to face a problem.

El Roi – The God Who Sees Me - sees us in impossible circumstances. Hagar experienced her faith growing stronger when she believed. Many of us run away from situations because of fear. Fear is an emotional response to an unknown future or uncomfortable situation. Fear can motivate us to faith. But fear can also cause us to doubt God and His provision, opening up the door for defense mechanisms such as self-pity, discouragement, anger and even depression. The Hebrew word for fear is pachad, meaning to tremble, to be in trepidation, to be on one’s guard or to have terror. Each of these definitions can relate to the daily circumstances of life, ultimately causing us to be fearful.

El Roi - The God Who Sees Me - sees us in impossible circumstances.

 Although Hagar ran from a very difficult and messy situation, El Roi found her in the wilderness and helped her as she returned to an impossible situation. When Hagar returned, God not only redeemed her, she was restored and received God’s blessing over her child.

Are you desperate, in despair, or discouraged? Have you faced depression, divorce, even death? Life is so hard. When we face change or challenge, we must invite God into our circumstance. Instead of wondering why has God done this to me? Ask God how are we are going to get through this? Let Him lead you through it.

Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, thank you El Roi—the God Who Sees. I cannot run away from You. I am utterly amazed when I try to get away, you seek after me to gather me back to You but furthermore, You are waiting for me in the destination I’ve chosen for my escape. Thank You that because of Your compassion, Your eyes of love never let me out of Your sight. And Your gaze follows me wherever I flee. You sustain my every need until I come running back to You—arms, heart, and eyes wide open to be reunited with You. I tried to hide from You, but you never let me out of Your sight, and You won’t ever let me go. In Jesus name, amen.

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, www.FromAshesToBeauty.com. She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).

 

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