THE GOD WHO SEES YOU

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 08, 2024

TOPIC: THE GOD WHO SEES YOU

BY T. O. BANSO

She 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.’  That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered” (Genesis 16:13-14 New International Version).

Hagar, Sarah’s maid, whom she gave to her husband, Abraham, as a wife because she was barren, became pregnant, after which she began to despise her mistress. Consequently, Sarah mistreated her, and she fled. God saw her in the desert and told her to return to her mistress and submit to her. God might have given Hagar this instruction because it wasn’t time for her to leave and she must leave the right way.

God who sees saw Hagar in the desert carrying a baby in her womb and told her she was with a child and would bear a son (Genesis 16:11). Only God or someone He had given a revelation could have said that without an ultrasound, which can sometimes be wrong in determining the sex of a baby. The sonographer’s prediction is not always correct.

But God who sees everyone told Hagar more. He told her more than an ultrasound or a sonographer can tell a pregnant woman. He told her the name and destiny or future of the child. And the Angel of the Lord said to her: ‘Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” (verses 11-12 New King James Version).

Hearing what God said, Hagar referred to God as the God who saw her. She 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.’  That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered” (Genesis 16:13-14 New International Version). Note the name Hagar gave God: “You are the God who sees me.” The New King James Version renders it as “You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees,”

Hagar probably was surprised that God saw her, an Egyptian slave and housemaid turned Abraham’s wife, despite being in the desert, fleeing from her mistress, not knowing where she was heading. God didn’t just see her but was also concerned about her and her pregnancy such that He told her the child’s name and future. Before then, Hagar might have believed in the God of Abraham. God sees you, too. He sees where you are. He sees what you are going through and knows what He will do. The God who sees you!

In Genesis 21, when Abraham, with God’s approval, eventually sent Hagar and her son away, God saw their distress. He saw that their water had finished. Hagar was afraid her son would die. But God saw their condition and intervened. He renewed to Hagar the promise that her son, Ishmael, would become a great nation (Genesis 16:10-12; 21:18). He also showed Hagar a well of water. There was water for them to drink. The boy didn’t die as Hagar had feared he would (Genesis 21:14-20).

God sees you, too. He sees what you’re going through just as He saw the affliction of the Israelites in Egypt. And the Lord said: ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows’” (Genesis 3:7 New King James Version).

God saw the Israelites in trouble, many times, in the Promised Land and rescued them. Psalm 106:42-45 says, Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were subdued under their power. Many times He would rescue them; they, however, were rebellious in their plan, and they sank down into their guilt. Nevertheless He looked at their distress when He heard their cry” (New American Standard Bible).

Whatever your condition, God sees you. God saw Jacob while his uncle, Laban, exploited him, and came to his aid. Jacob said this in Genesis 31:42: Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night” (New King James Version). Note that Jacob said that God saw his affliction.

God sees you also and what you’re going through. Not only did God see Jacob’s affliction, but He also defended him by rebuking Laban the previous night, as Laban himself had revealed. Laban said, “It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad’” (Genesis 31:29 New King James Version). The God who sees you will defend you and rebuke those against you.

Whether anyone is doing good or evil, God sees him. This should make everyone examine his life and turn away from evil. Proverbs 5:21 says the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths. The eyes of God are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps (Job 34:21). He looks to the ends of the earth and sees under the whole heavens (Job 28:24).

The Bible also says that the eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3). The writer of the book of Hebrews says there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:13).

God sees everyone; He sees you. No one can hide in secret places so that He cannot see him because He fills heaven and earth (Jeremiah 23:24). The God who sees you! Nobody’s way or iniquity is hidden from His eyes (Jeremiah 16:17). Therefore, repent. 1 John 1:9 says if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Whoever covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy (Proverbs 28:13).

The God who sees you! His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9a). As He saw the Israelites, Jacob, and Hagar in the scriptures you have read, God sees you. You may not have seen His intervention yet in your present condition, but, at the right time, you will see the intervention of the God who sees you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Keep trusting in Him.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, thank You because You are the God who sees me. In my present condition, show Yourself strong on my behalf. Deliver me from my troubles; make way for me where there seems to be no way.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

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