I'm so proud of you in your faithfulness to this study! I know it must take a lot of discipline to go through a study at home and attend ONLINE, rather than going a meeting a group of ladies. While, yes, it may be easier to cozy up to your computer with a cup of coffee, your Bible, and your book - it does indeed take discipline to read and study. I know this to be true & I applaud your faithfulness!
I know as a result God is going to show you great & mighty things that will bring healing, comfort and power to your life.
In this chapter (Chapter 4) we see God as El Roi - The God Who Sees. I hope you have taken the time to read this short chapter - it was amazing! But if you are following this blog only I want to give you some background information.
The first time in scripture where we see El Roi mentioned is in Genesis 16. Please take a moment to go and read this very short chapter. It is a familiar story about Sarai (her name has not yet been changed to Sarah) & Hagar.
In Genesis Chapter 16, we see where Sarai, couldn't wait for God to fulfill His promise of her having a son, so she sends Hagar to her husband Abram in the hopes that she can have a son through her. I just wrote in the margins of my Bible, "WOW!" when I read that Abram took Hagar as his wife. I know times were different then, but SERIOUSLY! What was Sarai thinking? As my husband calls it, I think this was some kind of "stinkin' thinkin'!"
Hagar does get pregnant and does indeed have a son. Good news right? Wrong! As a result, the women treated each other harshly (interesting isn't it... when we get ahead of God and go our own way, discord begins to happen!). Eventually Hagar just can't take it anymore and she runs away (literally).
The Lord finds Hagar in the wilderness, by a spring and reveals Himself to her as El Roi - the God Who Sees all that has happened. He explains what is about to happen. She will have a son, she will name him Ishmael, and that she is to return to Sarai & Abram.
My dear friends - have you ever had a Hagar Moment? Perhaps you did exactly like you were told, you did a good job, and then it just didn't measure up? It just wasn't enough and you were still ridiculed for what you were told to do?! How frustrating right? It could be enough for you to literally run away, or enough for you to run away from it in your spirit. And as a result, you never really received healing. If this is where you are today - I have good news for you!
Based on this, I would imagine that we all have areas in our life that need some healing? So where do we start? Where does real healing begin? Read Psalm 139: 7-12. Nothing happens that God does not see. There is no place that evil can hide from God. He sees it all.
Kay says on page 32, "God saw it. He knows the sin that was committed against you. And someday He will vindicate you." How does this make you feel? Does this bring you comfort?
The chapter ends with a great thought... "What if you had a loved one who ran away or who was missing? Although you would not know where he was or what was happening in his life, El Roi does!"
Perhaps you're really concerned about your future and you just can see how you're going to get out of where you currently are - you can't see - but El Roi does!
Conclude your time today reading Proverbs 15:3. "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good."
Comments for today's discussion:
1. What comfort does knowing your God as El Roi bring to you today?
2. How does Proverbs 15:3 make you feel?
3. Do you have some times in your life where you felt like Hagar? How would knowing God as El Roi helped you then and how does it help to heal you now?
4. Take a moment to thank God for being your El Roi - that He does see all that happens concerning you, His child!