Did you know that Hagar was the only person who gave God a name? She called Him the God who sees me. El Roi. All of the other names given to Him were given by Himself.
Hagar was a slave, given to Abram by Sarai to produce a child who would fulfill God’s promise of offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand of the sea. According to the custom of the time that was totally acceptable. But she was still a slave and probably felt invisible, unnecessary, and unloved.
After the birth of Ishmael, Sarai abused Hagar to the point that Abram sent both her and her son away from the camp, into the desert. At the point of death by starvation and dehydration, Hagar heard God’s voice. Not once, but twice. He told her to go back and she did. I don’t know about you but I’m reasonably sure I would have questioned that and had some second thoughts. Why would she even want to go back to the abuse? What was this God thinking? But back she went, to Abram. Guess what? Did God speak to Abram, too? When she got there he (Abram) protected her. I wonder if she ever felt safe again?
We all spend time in the ‘desert’. Whether by our own choice, someone else’s, or circumstances. We all know what it’s like to feel isolated and unloved, without hope. We know the pain of being placed in circumstances that are not of our own choosing. Yet, as this story shows, God is always with us, always seeing. He alone provides and protects.
Blessings to you and yours!
I hope you’ll take the time to watch this beautiful video: The God Who Sees