God sees you. God sees me.
God notices you and me.
"El Roi" is The God who Sees. (Genesis 16:13-14)
I want to be seen. I want to be noticed. Don't we all? I want to be seen and noticed by my husband, by my friends, by my kids. I want to be seen and noticed for the things I do and for the person I am. Sometimes I just want to be seen for having completed nine loads of laundry, three meals for five people (all of whom I also kept alive), and dozens of emails in one day! More often I want to be seen and noticed for who I am. That a friend would notice my caring and listening. That my husband would notice my love and beauty. I have been learning lately about my El Roi. My God indeed sees me and notices me! He saw Hagar. He sees you, too!
Psalm 139 reminds us how close God is and that God knows us intimately. Verse 17-18:
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
I have been reading J.I. Packer's Knowing God. It is challenging and encouraging. In his chapter on the Majesty of God he talks about how God sees us and notices us.
"Just as I am never left alone, so I never go unnoticed. Living becomes an awesome business when you realize that you spend every moment of your life in the sight and company of an omniscient, omnipresent Creator."
What comfort! What reassurance! To be in the sight and company of my God, my good God!
I have been convicted this week that I have not thought big enough of our great God. He is God. God.
Sovereign. Almighty. Majesty. God.
I am sorry, Lord, for my unbelief of Your Majesty. I know now that You will never abandon or lose even one of Your precious sheep. You have not and will not abandon me. You are near. You know my name. You see me. You notice me. You also created the very heavens and the earth! Your power and wisdom are limitless!
Help us, help me, God, to make big of You!!