When God Sees You


There is a verse in Genesis 16 that multiplies my peace and joy, every time I read it.  It involves an encounter between Hagar, the Egyptian slave of Abraham and the Angel of the LORD.

Hagar was given to her master Abraham by his wife Sarah to bear children for them because Sarah was barren. When Hagar got pregnant, Sarah became jealous and angry, which led to Hagar running away. The Angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert and He spoke to her about the things that concerned her. He instructed her to go back and revealed that He will increase her descendants beyond measure and that she would give birth to a son, named Ishmael because the LORD has heard her misery.

What Hagar says in verse 13 is what sets me free, “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

The Eyes of the Lord

There is a beautiful revelation in this chapter, that the Father sees you and hears your cries especially in those moments when you think you’re all alone.

I think about my “Hagar” moments, those moments the world doesn’t get to see. When everything around you seems to be falling apart and you’re fighting to hold it together. Moments where you know God is with you, yet you can’t help feeling alone. You sit in your car with the radio on or you lock yourself in the bathroom and cut on the shower so no one can hear you cry. When all you have left in you is your mustard seed of faith and your hope in Christ and you cling to it like one would cling to a spring in a desert. When you want to pray but you can’t pray because you don’t know what to say.

Maybe you’re unsure that God is even with you anymore because you don’t hear his voice and the pain hurts that much. Then God shows up and reveals that He sees you. He heard your cries and afflictions, He saw every tear, He heard every prayer and the concerns on your heart. He sees your struggle, your doubt, your fears, your faith and your stand. Yes, you’re in a desert right now but you’re not alone. God reveals Himself in an undeniable way and says to you,  I Am with you, I Am your Spring in the desert. I Am the One who sees you and loves you with an everlasting love and I will give you the desires of your heart beyond measure. What I do next for you, will go exceedingly and abundantly above what you asked and thought.

When God is looking at you

Hagar was a Gentile; You are children of Light, raised with Christ and co-heirs with Him. What Hagar received was just a shadow of the goodness and mercies of God. You, child of God, have the fullness of God’s promise with you and in you.

Here are a few scriptures for you.

During the days of Noah, a time where the world was dark and plagued with sin, much like our world today. “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” –Genesis 6:8

Child of God be confident in this, God’s grace will abound towards you in times of trouble.

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” -2Chronicles 16:9

No you’re not perfect, but God sees that you have a heart for Him. When you are weak, believe that He will make you strong. When you’re feeling weary, He will give you rest.

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry.” Psalms 34:15

Don’t shy away from the word righteous, that is who you are, the righteousness of God in Christ. It is a gift from God, given to you not by your works but by the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Be Encouraged

Read and meditate on Psalm 139; it’s a beautiful confirmation that compliments this revelation. Our Father, who sees you, hears you, cares for you and will never leave you or forsake you, loves you.

The Firstborn Blessing

Jesus is the firstbornHe chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, who He loved. Psalm 47:4

 Scripture reveals that those who are the descendants of Abraham by faith (Believers in Christ see Galatians 3:7) receive the firstborn blessing as an inheritance from the Father. This inheritance is revealed through the story of Jacob, the youngest son of Isaac. Isaac is the promised son of Abraham whom God established His covenant of grace through.

The Story of the Firstborn Blessing

Jacob desired the birthright and the blessings of the firstborn and sought it out deceptively. The time had come for Isaac to bless the firstborn. Isaac’s eyes were weak in sight. In order for Jacob to deceive his father, he had to take on the appearance of his brother Esau, whom Isaac loved. Jacob covered his hands and neck with goatskin, for his brother was a hairy man. Then he dressed himself in his brother’s best clothes. When Jacob drew near to his father to serve him the fresh game he requested, Isaac touched his hands and caught the familiar scent of his beloved son.

“Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord had blessed.” Gen 27:27

 Isaac was satisfied that this was indeed his beloved son and gave this firstborn blessing:

“May God give you Heaven’s dew and Earth’s richness- And abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother  bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed And those who bless you be blessed.”-Gen 27:28-29

 See Christ in the Scripturethe gift

For us Christ is the beloved firstborn of God and in the story of Jacob it was prophesied that the older will serve the younger. Christ says in Matthew 20:28, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Jesus, the older brother made us the beneficiaries of the firstborn blessing.

God says, “I will appoint Him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the Earth.” –psalm 89:27

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the first-born over all creation.” –Col 1:15

“He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead.”-Col 1:18


The Blessing is Yours

Through Christ the firstborn blessing is yours. Unlike Jacob this blessing did not have to be deceptively taken for it was willing given to you by the Father through Christ.

Jesus Says in His Prayer to the Father:

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one- I in them and you in me- so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” –John 17:22-23

Whenever we are before the Father, just like Isaac, the Father is blinded to our sin and faults. For  Christ presents us Holy in the Father’s sight, without blemish and free from accusation. He doesn’t smell the rot and decay of our sinful nature just the sweet aroma of His beloved Son. This is our boast that, Christ loves us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Because of the firstborn we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. (Ephesians 5:2, 2Cor 2:15, Col 1:19-22)

 We are the beneficiaries of the Firstborn Blessing. Dressed in the righteous robes of Christ and lovingly accepted in the Father’s sight.

It’s Not You, It’s Him

Promise

I’ve been studying the book of Exodus for quite some time now and in Chapter 19 I read and listened with my heart how God so lovingly professed His love for Israel as He spoke the covenant of Abraham over them.

It read to me like this, “I saved you because I love you. Please listen to my voice; that nudging in your heart and I will lead you into all truths. I will bless you because I love you, I have chosen you because I love you, I will separate you from the rest and I will exalt you above your enemies because…I Love You.” This is God’s promise to you too!

You can read the actual verse here: Exodus 19: 3-6. Everything God said in His covenant to Abraham was based on His will, His efforts, His Love and in His words to Israel He was revealing the fullness of His promise and expressing His great love for them.

Then came the response from Israel; a response that was different from the response of their forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Israel said in one voice, all that the Lord says WE will do and they said this three times!

As I’m reading this I’m thinking, God didn’t ask you to do anything. He is professing His love and His plan for you, what do you mean, “We will do!”

“WE” didn’t pull you of Egypt, GOD did. “WE” didn’t part the Red Sea and drown the enemy, GOD did! “WE” didn’t send manna from Heaven, sent quail to the desert, or bring forth water from a rock, GOD did! After Israel’s declaration of Independence God gave them the Law, Ten Commandments based on what “they” should do.

If you have a moment, go back and read the responses of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when God revealed His covenant promise to them. Some built altars (a sign of worship) while others simply followed Him to the next destination, and even when questioned by Abraham who wondered how God would be able to do all that He promised since he and his wife Sarah was way pass childbearing age God did not chastise him He made Him a promise and gave Him a vision of hope to count the stars, this will be the number of your descendants. (Hallelujah, God give your people a vision of your will today in Jesus name.)

I think the thing that separates us from God is ourselves. The book of Romans states it well in Romans 10:3, “Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”

There is hope people of God and His name is Jesus Christ.  Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, –Ephesians 2:4-6.

I thank God that in Christ I am no longer under the Law that depends on my efforts but under the covenant of Grace and the finished work of Christ who fulfilled the Law for me that I may be made the righteousness of God in Christ based not on my efforts but by God’s mercy, grace and willingness to save me.

Believers I urge you through the word of God, Galatians 2:21 do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!

Do not place a burden on others that you yourself can’t bear (The Law) Know this, it’s not YOU (your efforts, your work, your self-righteousness, its HIM (God’s love, His mercy, His Son, His great work).

To God be the glory.

A Faith That Pleases God

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who come to Him must believe that He exists and the He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) NIV

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Abraham Faith

God made Abraham a promise, that Sarah, who was past childbearing age, would give birth to his child and that Abraham will be a “father of nations.” The word of God says, “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Ye he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:19-21)

Issue of Blood Faith

While Jesus was on His way to the house of Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, the word of God says, “A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years…she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”  When Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him, He asked who touched Him and when He spoke with the woman who had touched Him He said to her, “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from you suffering.” (Mark 5: 25-34)

The Centurion Faith

While Jesus was in Capernaum a centurion came to Him on behalf of his ill servant. Jesus asked the centurion, “Shall I come and heal him?” The Centurion replied, “Lord I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

The word of God says, “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following Him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” To the centurion He said, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” The servant was healed at that moment.  (Matthew 8: 5-13)

The common thread these three people share is their belief in the power of God. Believe and hold on to God’s promise despite what things look like or what you may lack. Believe and be willing to press forward no matter how long it’s been. Believe that God’s word is greater than any obstacle; greater than any problem in your life. Believe that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all things in your life. That is the type of faith God is looking for, a faith that trusts Him to do what He said He will do.

“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8 NIV) Will He find faith?