God sees you. This is the comforting truth Hagar experienced in her rejection by Sarah. She called God by the name, El Roi—the God-who-sees-me.
God sees us right where we are. He is there for us in all things. He is the God of many amazing names that declare His love for us. At one time, we only received from God based upon our conduct. His love judged our performance.
And then everything changed in a moment in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. The all-powerful God of forgiveness and healing and provision and wholeness came to us in the flesh of a little child. He became God-with-us. God became Jesus, our Immanuel (Matthew 1:23).
But His purpose—His greatest gift was yet to come. Years later on Calvary, the humanness of God surrendered to the cross out of the purest of love for us. He paid the price for all our sins—all our sickness—all our fragmented and shattered lives. Christ was perfect. His conduct was perfect. God’s love no longer judged our behavior but, instead, bestowed on us the power of His Resurrection Life. The grace of God met all that God required. What man could never be was accomplished by the greatest love. The sin that separated us was no more. Wholeness, healing, and deliverance came. God, who at the birth of Jesus had become God-with-us, now became God-in-us (Isaiah 53, 1 Peter 2:21-24, 1 Corinthians 6:17, John 17:22-23).
El Roi—the God Who Sees, Elohim—the God of Power, Yahweh—the Great I AM, El Elyon—the Most High God, El Shaddai—God Almighty, Jehovah Jireh—the God Who Provides, Jehovah Nissi—the God Who Protects and Delivers, Jehovah Rapha—the God Who Heals—all of these truths of God's character came to live within us the moment we accepted Jesus as our Savior. God became our Abba Father living within us (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6).
The physical birth that brought God to be with us became the spiritual birth that brought all of God to live within us (2 Corinthians 5:17).
God is no longer without. He is now within. He is no longer that little baby Jesus. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus fulfilled all that He was born to accomplish. And now God lives within us.
This is the amazing love of God—that He who knew no sin would become sin that we might receive His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). The love of God died so we could be reborn in new life. There is no greater love.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher