Inspired by . . . Day 29: His Name, El Roi
God Who Sees
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after Him that seeth me? Gen 16:11-13
Not only did God see Hagar weeping by the fountain, He heard her affliction; her innermost, unspoken suffering. Thus naming her son Ishmael, God will hear.
Tears speak as well as prayers. This should be a great comfort to us, Beloved, that God not only sees what our afflictions are, but hears what they say.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Psa 56:8
As we have learned, nothing is beyond His understanding, nothing is beyond His power to redeem. We are the apple of His eye.
"He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. Deu 32:10
I call upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me; hear my words. Wondrously show Your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at Your right hand. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me. Psa 17:6-9
The Word is continually revealing deeper facets of His love for us.
Lord, our God Who sees us.
Who knows our frame and remembers that we are dust.
Yet You rejoice over us and call us Your own.
With a sweet and tender love, You quiet us.
Our refuge and our hope is in You.
May we remain the apple of Your eye.
In Jesus’ name,
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