Monday, March 8, 2010

Praying the Names of God ~ El Roi

I'm joining with Jill of Forever N Ever N Always as we study Ann Spangler's book "Praying the Names of God". Today we focus on God as El Roi; the God who sees.

I have to admit that there have been times when I've wondered about this. Sometimes I feel small and insignificant. Does God really see all that is going on with me? I feel like a little girl again (like my friend Jamie's daughter Karli on her swing). In Genesis 16, Hagar felt that way when she ran away from her mistress Sarai. It wasn't her fault that she'd been given to Abram to bear a child since his wife hadn't been able to have a child of her own. She ran away after being mistreated by Sarai.

Yet Hagar learned that God had seen her and knew of her distress. He knew all that had happened to her and how she was feeling. He also knew her future; what she and her son would become. Nothing gets past the God who sees all; El Roi.

So, why do I even question this?

It can be easy to listen to the lies of satan instead of remembering what God's Word says. It takes faith and not feelings. I find it all too easy to live by my feelings, especially when I'm tired, stressed out and having to move.

It becomes hard to remember to lay it all down before the Lord and ...to trust Him.

(photo credit: Mahaly)

When life is going along smoothly, I can sing and praise Him. But life isn't always easy. And that's when I especially need to remember that ...God is El Roi.

El Roi knows the number of hairs on my head and He sees everything that is going on in my life. My part is to trust Him even when I can't see with my eyes what He is doing. By faith, I know that He is at work and He has my best interests at heart.

Lord, I praise you and thank you that you are El Roi. Even when I don't see you at work, I know that you are. You hear my prayers and know what is best for me. Please help me to walk by faith, trusting you with all of my needs. Forgive me for attempting to fill my needs on my own instead of giving it all to you. I ask that your desires for me will become my desires. Amen.

How about you? Do you see God as El Roi? Do you really believe that He sees every detail of your life?

Blessings,

15 comments:

  1. Actually I do see God as El Roi. I know that sees my heart too...When I don't know how to pray, I just tell God "You know my heart's desires...HELP"
    I know it is not easy to see Him working behind the scene, I have to trust Him though that He works everything out at the end.

    Thank you for sharing from your heart.

    Love & peace,
    Iris

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  2. It takes faith to believe He sees and like you, the Word sustains me, certainly not my feelings. I enjoyed your post.

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  3. Dear Debbie,
    I see God as the one counting our hairs and seeing each fallen sparrow.
    know he watches you and our family as well as me and my family.
    We have placed ourselves and our lives n his hands long time ago, and I say with Peter, "Where should I go"?
    know now where else to put my trust and my life.

    I have been over here quite a few times also lately, dear Debbie, and also commented on your posts. You have been in my prayers,and both you and your husband still are.

    There are times we have to live just one hour at a time.
    I think you are there just now.
    But you are never alone.
    From Felisol

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  4. Sometimes I stop to think about this, but I try not to get myself completely caught up in the how of it all. I know God is present in my life and sees all, knows all and protects all. It's faith that lets me let go of the "how" of it all.

    Thanks for the great post!!

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  5. Hi friend~ This is one of my favorite characteristics of the Lord... God who Sees... What a comfort. You are so right... why don't we just trust Him?????

    Praying for you, Debbie~
    Jen

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  6. If I have to be honest here I'm kinda like you Debbie. It's easy to say we know He sees us and is working behind the scenes when everything is not on the line. But when push comes to shove and we have to trust that He will come through as we stand at the water's edge, it's hard not to doubt no matter what our head knows to be true. Faith is hard work.

    Been thinking about you a lot lately. I hope you're doing well. I'm in a similar boat you were in, at the water's edge. Praying for a miracle. Love you!

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  7. AMEN!

    Beautifully written and I thank you for once again sharing your heart!

    It gives me GREAT peace to know He is El Roi!

    Love you - don't forget to link up today!
    Jill

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  8. This was soo good and really blessed me this morning Debbie. You know it's funny, I am going through my own personal time of tribulation and problems, and you obviously have yours, and as I travel through blog world there are soo many others as well. How grateful I am that the Lord has given us each other to be there for each other praying, and offering comfort. Realizing that it is often how He is at work all over. What encourages you, blesses me etc. How I praise God for that. He really does see it all. Have a good day Deb. Hugs to you, Debbie

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  9. Blessings Debbie...I hear ya' sis, and I too, in the midst of the struggles...tired...stressed...
    depressed, in need of rest (and I'm sure you are after this difficult move) living by my feelings first, rather than my faith or even the facts...the truth rather than the lies or condemnations of the past.
    (sigh)Yet thankfully we know HE SEES US. You, precious Debbie are significant and so valuable (not small at all)! He cares for YOU even when you're heartsick, heart broken or in need of correction, HE SEES & CARES & IS WATCHING OUT FOR YOU... such a heartfelt prayer (AMEN)... I'm with you too in prayer and study! Thanks for sharing. Let's move forward!

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  10. Very, very nice! Thank you for sharing this.

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  11. Thank you for sharing with us today about El Roi, Debbie. I am Mom to 2 adult girls with families of their own, and it is such a comfort knowing that El Roi, our God who sees, watches over them all and He leads them in their lives. God has shown me how to hold them loosely in my hands and to trust Him to be in control. I so agree with what you shared, "My part is to trust Him even when I cannot see with my eyes what He is doing. By faith, I know that He is at work and He has my (and their) best interests at heart."

    May you have peace and joy today that El Roi is in control today!
    Laurie

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