“You are the God who sees me,” said Hagar. –Genesis 16:1-15
The book of Genesis hosts a somewhat controversial story of a woman who gave God a name… The writer of Genesis thought it a story worthy of record; to etch it in history, for the whole world to see.
Hagar, an Egyptian maid-servant, met the “angel of the Lord” by a spring of water.
The Spirit of the Lord, is a Spring of Life to all who drink from Him. In this case, the angel of the Lord found Hagar. He met her in her wilderness and spoke life over her.
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What a story of Grace!
Hagar, a maid and least in her society, found mercy and grace, where she least expected it. Do you know God reaches out to the least in society, He goes out of His way to fight for the disenfranchised. God speaks on behalf of those who face injustice. God saves the souls of those who are lost.
What a wilderness experience!
So much so, that Hagar gave Yahweh (God) a name, recorded in history forever. “She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her”: EL ROI.
“You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (EL ROI).
© Ruth Dickson
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