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See Yourself in the Eyes of God

SEE YOURSELF IN THE EYES OF GOD

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said,

“Have I also here seen Him who sees me?”

Genesis 16:13 NKJV

I cringe when I recall the moment I met my favorite internationally-known author. I embarrassed myself, and I felt stupid, but God saw me as His wise daughter. He saw, as the author did, the courage it took to reach this milestone in my life.

One of God’s names in Scripture is El Roi, The-God- Who-Sees. It only appears in Scripture one time. In our focal verse, Hagar, Sarah’s maid spoke with God.

Sarah and Abraham had used Hagar in their scheme to have children. Once she conceived, Sarah dealt harshly with her. Hagar fled from the unbearable situation she found herself in. God saw her pain. He promised blessings on her son, Ishmael, as He told her to return to Abraham and Sarah.

What does God see when He sees His children struggling? When we feel ashamed and unwanted like Hagar? When we face awkward, embarrassing moments? When we feel frustrated, broken, unlovable, or unworthy? When we feel ugly or overweight?

God sees His adopted child who He chose before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4-5). He chose to adopt us as His own. He didn’t just get stuck with us because God knew exactly who we would be, yet, He brought us into His family as heirs (Eph. 1:11).

In order to adopt us, He had to redeem us (Eph. 1:7). God purchased us with the blood of Christ. Consider the value He places on us.

God has given us divine wisdom (Eph. 1:8), something the world cannot possess. Even when we flounder, He sees His wise child.

As you look in the mirror today, ignore the gray hairs, wrinkles and flaws. God sees you as flawless. Stop looking at yourself through the world’s eyes, but see yourself in the eyes of God

Heavenly Father,

Many times, I see myself through the eyes of the world. I fail to recognize myself as the precious child of God. Help me see who I really am. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Eph. 1:3-14 (NKJV). God sees you as:

 

  • Blessed (v. 3)
  • Chosen (v. 4)
  • Holy (v. 4)
  • Blameless (v. 4)
  • Loved (v. 4)
  • Predestined (v. 5)
  • Adopted (v. 5)
  • Abounding in grace (v. 6)
  • Accepted (v. 6)
  • Redeemed (v. 7)
  • Forgiven (v. 7)
  • Rich (v. 7)
  • Wise (v. 8)
  • Prudent (v. 8)
  • Heir (v. 11)
  • Sealed (v. 13)

HIKING THE TRAIL

Select one verse from Ephesians 1 and write it on an index card, placing it somewhere you will be sure to see it. Let it be a reminder of who God sees when He sees you.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Hope For The Hopeless

HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

Heb. 11:11 (NKJV)

What could be more hopeless than a barren woman at the age of 90? God promised Abraham and Sarah a son. He promised to give them descendants as numerous as the stars. This seemed physically impossible since Sarah was past the age of child bearing. Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety. They trusted in God’s faithfulness. Yes, their faith may have waivered a little when they took matters into their own hands with Hagar. Yet they both appear among the heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11.

Paul thought that their faith was so strong that he wrote of their hope when they had no earthly reason to hope: “who contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations…” (Rom. 4:18). Abraham and Sarah had hope and they believed the unbelievable because they trusted God.

We can learn several things from Abraham and Sarah. We need to be patient and not take things into our own hands, but wait on the Lord. Many times, we grow weary in waiting just like Abraham and Sarah. We think it is up to us to act since God has not moved yet.

The most important thing we can take away from their story is to have a faith that hopes in God when things seem hopeless. We need a faith that believes the promises that God has given us. He has promised to supply all our needs, give us a peace to guard our hearts and minds and to strengthen us.

Friend, we have the greatest hope there is – Jesus Christ. We do not place our hope in this world, our government, or even in ourselves. Our hope is in God who brings life to the barren and salvation to the soul.

Heavenly Father,

Help us when our faith waivers. When we are in the midst of hopeless situations, help us remember that we must trust in You and Your promises because You are faithful. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Gen. 15:1-7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What is the seemingly hopeless thing that you need to trust God for today? Trust God with this matter and commit it to prayer.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.