Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Morning Reflections – El Roi

I’m going to open this week up with Ann’s beautiful prayer in the middle of our reading today.
“Lord, I praise You for You know the whole story.  From beginning to end, You see it all.  Give me the humility to admit my limitations.  For I don’t always see the past accurately, my vision of the present is often blurred, and I am blind when it comes to the future.  Help me fasten my eyes on You, trusting in Your vision for my life and in your watchful care.”
LordsPrayerJesusCrying5[1] (2)Let this photo go along with your meditations of God as El Roi (EL raw-EE) this week.

Genesis 16:1-16 is our reading for this portion of our study.

Genesis 16:13-14 is the only place in the bible that El Roi is used. 

“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me." 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [the “well of the Living One who sees me”]; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.”

Once again God’s timing with this particular study is perfect in my walk with Him.   Last night my dreams kept awaking me and I began to pray, “El Roi You see me, help me to stop dreaming such horrible things and give me rest.”   I would fall back to sleep within minutes of being awake.  I would thank Him as I felt myself falling back to sleep. 
Although this is the only mention of God’s name as El Roi – “the God who sees me”, it is NOT the only time we are told there is no place we could go where He would not know about it.  Later this week we will discuss more verses that will help us to remember just how much God cares for us and NEVER abandons us.

Knowing this truth has given me great peace as I have stepped out in faith to go places such as Korah last month.   There is not a footstep I could ever take that He will not go ahead of me.   Even when I am walking on a path He has not set  before me(meaning one I walk on without knowing He wants me there) He is there.  Even when I don’t “feel” Him, He is there.   Even when I can’t “see” Him in the circumstances, He is there.  Even when I don’t “understand” why I’m in a certain place, He is there.  Even when I can’t “hear” Him, He is there.

Our God loves us so much, He counts the very hairs on our head.   Jesus feels our pain and understands it.  He walked this earth and saw the troubles we all deal with day in and day out.  He sees them all today.  I believe He longs to come back to get us all and is praying for that day just as we are.  He is waiting for His Father to say, “Go get Your bride.”
That thought gives me great comfort too.   Knowing that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God the Father, praying for me and is asking God to care for my needs – gives me great peace. 

I like many of you forget just how big God is and sadly that translates into me not acting from His love, His power, and His grace all day long.  I forget that He sees me every single moment!  I don’t always think about Him being right here, right now no matter where I am.   This week as we study the name of God as El Roi, I pray to have this knowledge sink deep into my heart and soul.  I desire to remember that the God who created it all(Elohim) and me is the same God who see me at all times…with a desire to hold me up, comfort me, guide me and use me all for His glory.

Let us remember…

If you do not own a copy of the book and would like to read along with us follow each link for El RoiMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Here are some links to help you learn more about God’s names – visit here and here.

I hope you will join us this week and share your links so that we may be blessed as you share all that God is speaking to your heart through our study!

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