“You are the God who sees.”
These are the words told to a distraught woman who found herself pregnant and unloved.
This is the story of Hagar, Sarai, and Abram. A love triangle that went terribly wrong very quickly, as love triangles always do.
Hagar was in distress because of the mistreatment from Sarai and fled into the desert away from the ridicule and contempt. However, God saw Hagar’s affliction and came down to counsel and encourage her. The Bible says the Angel of the Lord appeared to her. Some commentaries believe that phrase, Angel of the Lord, means Christ, a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament. This only happened a few times and one of them was with Hagar! God sincerely cared for her!
She was a foreigner, a handmade to Sarai and was frightened and lonely because of the insurmountable problems that plagued her. So in her misery, she ran away. But Jesus pursued her!
He saw her and because of that, Hagar ended up having her own beautiful encounter with Christ. She knew now she wasn’t alone or forgotten.
This tender story of Jesus’ compassion and mercy is not just for Hagar, but for you too. Another example of the depth of God’s devotion to us and His desire to reveal our worth in Him. Christ did not have to chase Hagar in the desert. She wasn’t of the chosen race and had nothing to do with his major plan for Abram and Sarai. He saw her pain though and came to guide and give courage to her.
As God saw Hagar, he sees you too! God sees me!.. Say that over and over a few times.
God sees you in your loneliness and suffering. He sees you in your sin and anger. He sees you in your fear and anxiety. He is not blinded to what you are going through. I hope you begin to understand that Christ is present…with you…hearing you…and seeing you. He will not abandon you. And you are never forgotten in the mind of Christ; it is simply not possible.
He will chase after you like he did Hagar…because He is Love and that’s what His Love does. And it is not based on the good we do. His love is always based on the cross and resurrection of Jesus.
So, begin to eliminate the lies that tell you, you aren’t good enough for God to see, or that he just doesn’t care about you. Replace the lies with the truth that your worth comes exclusively from Christ and his immense love for you. And what he does for one person he will do for others.
Jesus saw Hagar in her oppressed state and she encountered His love by being willing to surrender the things that caused her pain.
No matter what storm you find yourself in, Christ sees you and wants to heal your brokenness; I pray you will begin to allow him do that.