Thursday, January 24, 2013

El-Roi: The God Who Sees

I mentioned in a recent post that I am in the process of reading Kay Arthur's "Lord, Teach me How to Pray in 28 Days" and that we were studying The Lord's Prayer. In this first week, we have taken the time to look at and pray one of the Lord's names in scripture. It's been such a sweet blessing to study Him and what He was revealed about Himself through His names. 

As most of you know, this week marked the 40-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As a nation we tragically remembered and reflected on the 50 million lives that have been murdered, legally in the last 40 years. Last night, Tim and I watched a video called 3801 Lanchaster.

It was awful, horrible and heart-wrenching and as strange as it sounds:

you should all watch it!!

Reality is, sometimes it takes us seeing something so terrible and painful to realize that we can't just sit by and do nothing. At the very least, we MUST be on our knees in prayer for our country and the millions of innocent victims of abortion. 

We don't see it.

We don't see the daily tragedy and evil that surrounds us. But we have a God that does. 

El-Roi

The God Who Sees

Genesis 16:13 "So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,”for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me."

He sees it all. 

Psalm 139:7-8 "Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

Everyday there are children and women (and even men) who are abused, and hurt and in pain. This week we clearly see the pain and effect abortion has had on our nation. But every day we watch as more tragedy and pain is brought to our attention. Human trafficking, a real and frightening reality, even in the seemingly safest of places. Sexual abuse, including rape and incest happen at horrific rates. NewImage

It can be overwhelming and seemingly hopeless to see what our world is becoming. It's easy to want to ignore the realities and to turn our backs on the statistics and the painful documentaries sharing the truth behind them. 

But…. 

There is hope. 

We have El-Roi.

The God who sees. The God who knows the pain of every victim and every wounded. 

El-Roi. 

He sees. 

He knows. 

He is just. 

He is loving. 

He is merciful towards those who repent.

We have no reason to fear. 

We have no pain that He does not see and there is no sin that will go unpunished. 

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Come quickly, Lord Jesus! 

2 Peter 3:8-9 "The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promises as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." 

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