So she named the LORD who spoke to her: The God Who Sees, for she said, “Have I really seen here the One who sees me?” – Genesis 16:13
Hagar (slave, who was mother to Ishmael), after she had run away from Abram’s camp, received a word of encouragement from God. Her response to this encouragement indicated a basic understanding of God’s character, which is significant due to her role as the ancestor of a “people” who remain largely unreached today. Hagar named the LORD who spoke to her “The God Who Sees.” She apparently believed that God had seen her plight and understood it. Was she discouraged and downhearted? Yes, but the fact that there was a God who understood her condition made a huge difference in her life.
This story makes me wonder if we truly SEE the “Hagars” of this world? Our planet is full of people and “peoples” without hope and without access to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Can the church or christian that is blind to the “Hagars” of this world honestly and comfortably claim a relationship with “The God Who Sees” if they remain indifferent to the spiritual needs of the unreached?
To have Christ is to see with His eyes … and to then act on the needs that we see.
Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief? – William Blake
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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