|Teacups full of Treasures|
Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her.
She said, “You are the God who sees me [El Roi].”
She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” Genesis 16:13 NLT
The story of Hagar is one of my favorites. The Bible doesn't describe how she felt, or her thoughts. Her plan of action was unknown. We only have the facts written in the Word: she was an Egyptian slave, a mistreated maidservant, and a despised mistress who was pregnant and running away
This verse rocked my world before I was even a Christian. I had planned to run away the day I read this story. I learned that God took notice of a servant. He saw and knew the heart of a woman who (in worldly terms) was of little worth. And she saw Him. Surely God would take notice of me, even if no one else did. I began to believe that He could see and know my heart, even though I believed I was of little worth. The difference was, I didn't look to Him. I remained believing I was worthless, because both worth and value are only found in Christ. Soon after, I fell into the whirlwind of Anorexia.
It wasn't till the day I surrendered to God that I was able to share Hagar's joy. My head knowledge of God had connected with my heart. I was known by God and now I knew Him.
As I look to Him, my worth is made new. -2 Corinthians 5:17
As I look to Him, my circumstances change. -Acts 20:24
As I look to Him, I gain new purpose. -1 Peter 2:9-12
As I look to Him, my strength is renewed. -Isaiah 40:29-31
I am known by God and He is known by me. You too are known by God. Do you know Him? (Psalm139)
If you don't, invite Him into your heart that He may make your heart His home. Then, talk to Him. That is was prayer is, talking to God. How will He respond? His Word, the Bible. This is how I got to know Him. There is now doubt in my mind that the God of Hagar can speak life into yours, as He did in her life. May you find worth,value and purpose as you get to know God, your God!
So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? Or have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me? Genesis 16:13 (Amplified Bible)