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.

Today is Your Day

oceanYears ago my husband and I were visiting a friend in the hospital, her diagnosis was grim but she still managed to smile. She asked me about my writing and I told her that I was working on a book. Her husband looked at her and said, “You always said you would write a book one day.” She never did. Sadly her story is a very common one. You may have heard it before; “I’ll travel and take that art class one day.” Or, “I’ll rest and enjoy life when I retire. “ Even sadder are the Believers who say; “One day I’ll have my peace and joy, when I get to Heaven.”

While at the Post Office my mother and I were griping about how we really needed to slow down and take a break. The gentlemen standing behind us politely cut in and said, “You’ll get plenty of rest when you’re dead.” We laughed at this but later I thought, “Could it be that peace, joy and rest could only be had when we get to Heaven?

A Thief Made Whole

Two thieves hung on either side of Jesus as He hung on the cross. One thief mocked Him the other rebuked the thief and boldly confessed that Jesus was innocent and underserving of this punishment. Then he turned to Him and said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” Listen to what Jesus says, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.” –Luke23: 39-43

Let’s fast-forward, Jesus died later that day. The following day the Jewish leaders wanted to take the bodies down, for the sake of their traditions. They broke the legs of the two criminals because they were still alive; when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead they pierced His side. Jesus was dead, the thief was alive but didn’t Jesus promise him that he would be in paradise with Him today?

The Promise of Today

1John says that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God. Romans 10 says if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. Picture the thief on the cross, he may have been nailed to a cross but he was set free. No longer a thief but Saved. Imagine the peace he had with the hope Jesus had given him, a peace that became his, Today.

This thief received the gift of paradise Today but how much more is your peace and joy in the fullness and finished work of Christ right now. The thief had a promise but you my friend received the fulfillment of the Promise. You were raised up with Christ and received the Spirit of Sonship through His finished work. You are clothed in His Righteousness, sealed by His blood, filled with His Holy Spirit. You are saved, justified, at peace with God. The kingdom of God is not only with you but it is in you.

I believe the very moment you come to Jesus with a sincere heart and believe that your are the object of His great love and affection, salvation is yours, healing and deliverance is yours, freedom is yours. Peace, joy and love are yours. Paradise is yours even as you lay in a hospital bed, sit in a prison cell or hang on a cross. You are seated with Christ, as Christ is so are you on this earth, not when you get your self together, or when you get to Heaven. Not some day but right now in Christ.

My friend if you are in Christ, Paradise and all it has to offer is yours in Him right now, so what are you waiting for!

A Christmas Quiz

Question: What does God see when He looks at you?

Answer: Every time God looks at you He sees His beloved Son Jesus!

As Christ is so are you on this earth…Forgiven, Redeemed, Saved, Justified, At Peace with God, The Righteousness of God in Christ.

Thank you Father God for the Gift of all gifts Your Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ!

Merry Christmas to you all!Jesus is waiting for you.

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.