Thine eyes did see my substance [unformed body], yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
he is the god who sees all Published week of november 15, 2020
As you study the Bible, you will find various names assigned to God. Some of these are names that people in the Bible gave to Him, while other names come because He first called Himself by the name. Behind each name, the student of Scripture will see described a part of God's character. A woman named Hagar first used one of these names. When God met her in her distress, she said, “. . Thou God seest me: . . . Have I also here looked after Him that seeth me? (Genesis 16:13). This phrase, “Thou God seest me” is translated “El Roi” in Hebrew.
El Roi is the God who numbers the hairs on our head and counts our every tear. He knows every detail of our circumstances. When we pray to El Roi, we are praying to the God who knows everything about us. Even the most attentive parent must sleep; but our Heavenly Father never closes His eyes to us. El Roi never misses a detail of what is happening. He sees everything. We often refer to this supernatural attribute of God as His omniscience.
King David also knew God as El Roi, according to Psalm 139:16. He understood just how all-seeing God is (present tense), noting that God sees not only what is (past tense), but also what will be (future tense). It is mind-boggling to think of El Roi seeing us in His mind’s eye…imagining just how He will form and fashion every detail of our being. He not only sees us, He also sees every one of our days, which are pre-ordained and written in His book. Yes, Hagar, He is the God who sees!
How could we not trust such a God? How can we doubt Him if we know Him as El Roi? How much time and energy do we spend seeking to be seen and known, when we already have this need fully met in Jesus? When we trust Christ and our eyes are opened in faith, for the first time we clearly see God. Like Hagar, we cry, 'I have now seen the One who sees me!'
Dear Father, Thank You for the truth behind Your name El Roi and what it means to me. I acknowledge that you see me just as I am and yet you love me fully and completely. Thank You for also seeing what I can be in Christ, and for the promise of transforming me into the image of Your Son. It is such a comfort to know that no matter what has happened, is happening, or will happen, that You see it all and You are in complete control. Help me to trust You more and more each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.