Hagar: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me by Shadia HrichiYou are The God Who Sees Me.
Discover a close relationship with God no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of Gods compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. A largely forgotten Old Testament character, Hagar is actually one of only a few people who have ever spoken directly with the LORD.
Through this seven week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into Gods hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God who sees you.
El Roi Is the God Who Sees Me
Genesis ,9,10 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur…. Genesis ,19 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! Genesis And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. Exodus And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory…. Genesis Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty.
Life is hard. That is a fact, and it is one that rings true for each and every resident of planet earth. It is also a fact that life is much harder for some of us than for others. The ugly fact is that it is likely that you or another member of your family has been or will be a victim of traumatic abuse, neglect or domestic violence at some point in life. The worst part is that this pain is most often inflicted by a close relative or trusted friend, the very people who are supposed to keep us safe and sound. As usual, the Bible is not blind to this fact.
And perhaps with yours. During a church Bible study, our group talked of how we have usually heard Genesis 16 expounded in a sermon. Usually something like, See the mess we get ourselves into when we try to get ahead of God, like Sarai did? Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. Rather than focusing on Sarai, think of all the disadvantages stacked against Hagar.
There have been so many times in my life where I have thought to myself; God isn't paying any attention to me. He doesn't care what I do down here on this inconsequential planet in the middle of the huge universe He controls. He might be able to see me, but He doesn't really care to look down on me. Have you ever felt like that? This week I was reading In Genesis 16, and I came across the story of Abraham's mistress Hagar being treated harshly by Sarai because of her jealousy. Hagar has an encounter with God.