Posted by: kathryngraves | March 4, 2012

El Roi – The God Who Sees and The Lord My Shepherd

“The God Who Sees” and “The Lord My Shepherd” are both English translations of the same Hebrew name for God, “El Roi”. When you think about it, they really go together. God is always watching over us, like a shepherd over his flock. Whatever happens to us might catch us off-guard or surprise us, but not God. He never says, “Wow, I sure didn’t see that one coming!”

Hagar gave God this name in Genesis 16 when she ran away from Sarai into the desert. God followed her there, or more accurately, He knew where she’d go and went ahead to meet her. They talked and He helped her know what to do. In the same manner, God goes ahead of us to the hard places. He meets us there and shows us what to do.

Psalm 23 expounds on this name of God in beautiful ways. He is our loving Shepherd who finds us when we’re knocked down and carries us to safety. He was waiting for me on the other side of my diagnosis. He led me beside still waters once the turbulence subsided. He provided a “table in the presence of my enemies” by prompting a friend to text Bible verses to me when I was too sick to visit or read more than a few words. He also literally provided food lovingly prepared by others.

I’m so glad no tragedy gets to us but through God’s permission, and that when it strikes, He meets us at the point of our greatest need. When all we can say is, “Oh, God!” He comes near. Romans 8:26 reminds us, ” . . . For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The presence of God and the intercession of the Spirit equal the greatest blessing ever.

My prayer for you today is that you will rest in His beautiful presence.


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