One of the fun things about doing a study that I've done before is that I get to see what I was praying for at a previous stage in life. And now about six years later, I can see how God has responded to those prayers.
When I first did this study, I was working at Kanakuk Kamps and had a MAJOR crush on a guy who worked there. Almost every day in the response section of the book, I would mention my interest in him. Everyday in my prayers I attempted to hand the situation over to God. But unfortunately, this crush lasted an entire year and looking back I don't think I ever fully trusted God in this situation. But even though I never fully let go, God still answered my prayers.
Today we are looking at El Roi, The God Who Sees. We are introduced to this name of God in Genesis 16 with the story of Abram, Sarai and Hagar. If you don't have your Bible handy you can read the story here. In verse 13, after the angel of the LORD has spoken to Hagar, Hagar responds by giving God the name the God who sees me. She is comforted knowing that in her horrific situation God saw her.
Do you need to know that today? Do you need to know that God is El Roi, that He sees you? The crush I had on friend was not a horrific situation. But nonetheless, my heart was fully engaged in my feelings towards this guys. I really didn't know if God could handle the situation. The day I read about El Roi ended with a prayer in which I told God that I trusted Him. I told Him that I knew He could see who my husband was even when I couldn't. I needed to know in that time that God didn't just see me today, but that He could see my future. And, now six years later I can look back and see how God answered that prayer in an amazing way!
God not only kept this crush from ever taking an interest in me, but He also saw the man I would marry and He began to prepare our hearts for each other. And now looking back, I am so glad that God saw my future and protected me from a relationship with my summer crush.
In what situation in your life do you need to call on God as El Roi? You situation may be similar to mine. You may need to be reminded today that God sees your future. He knows whether or not He has a husband chosen for you and who that man is.
Or you situation may be more like Hagar's. You may have been treated completely unfairly, and you need to be reminded that God saw what happened in your past. It did not go unnoticed. Romans 12:19 reminds us, ‘Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.'