“Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees, for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’” (Gen. 16:13, NKJV).
Do you feel overlooked? Do you feel like the proverbial kid not getting picked for the team, on the P.E. field of life? Do you feel invisible? Do you wonder if anyone really, truly sees you?
God does. He is the God-Who-Sees.
I love the story our verse comes from today. The woman speaking these words is Hagar. Hagar the underdog, Hagar the downtrodden. Hagar, the symbol of Abraham and Sarah’s blunder. Hagar, the one cast away.
Most of us would easily brush her aside and be done with her. Who wants a reminder of past failings? Once Abraham sends her off into the desert, we are ready to do so too.
Hagar is a symbol of all who have ever felt unseen. She represents those who have received the brunt of other people’s mistakes. After all, she did not ask to be sent in to sleep with the patriarch. And yet, she was the one suffering as a result.
God saw Hagar when she felt invisible. He saw her heart and knew that it was empty. And so He gave her a dream to hold onto. “Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, ‘I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude’” (v. 10, NKJV).
He gave her hope. He is the God of hope. He has hope for you today too. The same God who was paying attention to Hagar is paying attention to you, and wants to breathe hope into your heart. He begins by telling you that you are, indeed, seen!
Just how much does He see you? We are not talking about a quick glance in your direction. No; the Psalmist reveals the incredible extent of God’s personalized focus on each of us:
- He knows your heart better than you know it. “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me” (Ps. 139:1, NIV).
- He closely observes every detail of all of your activities. “You know when I sit and when I rise…. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” (v. 2a,3).
- He listens intently to all of your thinking. “You perceive my thoughts from afar” (v. 2b).
- He is so intimately acquainted with you that He hears your words before you speak them. “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (v. 3).
This attentive God saw Hagar. And He sees you. He cared deeply about her loneliness; He cares deeply about yours too. Just as He provided for her, He will abundantly provide for you, dear child.
If your heart has been feeling empty, Daddy has a dream to fill it with. In the midst of your unjust circumstances, He has glorious hope with which He wants to fill your spirit to overflowing.
So it’s time to look up… Look up and see the One who sees… gazing back on you. His eyes tell the story of the mind-boggling dream He has for you!
“For she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’”