God Sees You
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Genesis 16:1–16:8, Genesis 16:9–16:14
The Importance of Being Seen
In this lockdown season we've missed seeing our church family, but there's another side to that relational equation and that's the importance of being seen and noticed by others. We are emotional creatures and we all have moments when we can feel alone, abandoned, and afraid, where we genuinely wonder: “Am I missed?" and “Do I matter?"
That's especially true these days when isolation makes us even more vulnerable to those questions. Yet even in “normal times,” moms in particular can be susceptible to these same fears. Let’s be honest: Who really sees the work of a mom? Who really notices all the tireless sacrifices, the sleepless nights, the ceaseless prayers, and the constant need of always having to be “on”? And without any kind of feedback, moms never know if they're really doing it right.
Today's story from the Bible is about a mom who faced her own struggles with loneliness along with the deep human need to be seen. We can find hope in her story because just as God showed up for her, He can also show up for us as well.... and He will, if we let Him.
Genesis 16:1-8 NIV
1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.” 6 “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
Genesis 16:9-14 NIV
9 Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” 11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:“You are now pregnantand you will give birth to a son.You shall name him Ishmael,for the Lord has heard of your misery. 12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;his hand will be against everyoneand everyone’s hand against him,and he will live in hostilitytoward all his brothers.” 13 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; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.
God sees you in your hardest moments because you matter to Him
He is "El Roi" - "The God Who Sees" and He sees you.
God Sees You This Mothers Day When...
- ... you grieve the loss of your mom.
- ... you struggle with the pain of a complicated relationship with her.
- ... you long to be a mom but that hasn't happened for you.
- ... you find yourself as a mom overwhelmed this quarantine season.
- ... you are flying solo as a single mom.
- ... you are seeking healing from past cruelties.
- ... you are barely hanging on under lockdown.
Whoever you are and whatever you're facing, God sees you, He loves you, and you are not alone.
Notice someone this week. There is a powerful simplicity in really seeing others and what a loving and empowering act that can be. This unique season gives us a special opportunity to genuinely notice the people in need around us that God lays on our heart. Open your heart to God. Open your eyes to those around you. Open your hands in availability to do, to say, to write, to give whatever would send them the ultimate message of hope, that “God sees you, He loves you, and you are not alone.”
Jesus is the ultimate proof that God sees us.
There’s another encounter in the Bible that also took place by a well, with a rejected woman who found hope in the midst of her despair, when God saw her in the person of Jesus. In this story from John 4, Jesus violates every societal norm as a Jewish man by talking with a divorced and disgraced Samaritan woman with a scandalous life story. Yet despite all the obstacles, Jesus still loves her and so He sees her deeply, intently, and compassionately. Overcoming her shame and guilt, Jesus drew her in and invited her to worship and believe in Him—the source of living water that her searching soul deeply craved, and the Only One who could ever make her whole.
Even now, this same Jesus notices you as well and He invites you to experience that same satisfaction for your soul that's only found in Him. So be encouraged. Trust in Jesus. Keep the faith. Never forgot that God sees you. He loves you. And you are not alone.
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