God sees you.
Any given moment, it may frighten you – or delight you – to realize that. Either way, it’s an incredibly important truth to embrace.
When you’re doing something you want to keep hidden because, deep down, you know it’s wrong, a healthy fear of the God who sees you could stop you in your tracks and save you a world of grief.
Doom to those who hide their plan deep, away from the Lord, whose deeds are in the dark, who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?” (Isa. 29:15 CEB).
The one who made the ear, can’t he hear? The one who formed the eye, can’t he see? The one who disciplines nations, can’t he punish? The one who teaches humans, doesn’t he know? (Ps. 94:9-10 CEB).
When you feel your situation, your need, even your existence is hidden – that no one with any compassion and authority to help you even knows you exist – Hagar’s story can set you up for a God-encounter of your own.
Hagar – the servant that Sarai and Abram exploited and then turned against, the pregnant woman who ran out into the desert, hopeless and alone – found herself miles from anywhere, beside a spring. Even more important, God found her there. Firmly, compassionately, he spoke to her, instructed her and made rock-solid promises to her.
“Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, ‘You are the God who sees me.’ She asked, ‘Have I truly seen the One who sees me?’” (Gen. 16:13 NLT).
The God who saw Hagar sees you. When you think you’re hidden, be blessed to know: You’re not.
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Again and again, the “God who …” phrases in Scripture reveal God’s works. As we respond to our Lord deep within, receiving what he communicates Spirit-to-spirit, those phrases also reveal his ways.