Jan 6

Good morning!
Text: Genesis 15-17; Psalm 6
Every time I read the Word I am surprised.  In today’s text in Genesis, there is much that is familiar, but this time through the Hagar story caught my heart.  It is one thing fro God Himself to speak with Abraham or Noah, but here we see the Lord God speaking to a Gentile woman who seems to play a negative role in the Bible story.  After all, she is the foil for the sin and distrust of Abram and Sarai when they take the matter of an heir for Abram into their own hands.  Hagar ends up a cast-off, rejected, abandoned and heartbroken.  Yet, God speaks to her, even making her a sweet promise (16:10).  Hagar responds:
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.” (Genesis 16:13)
Indeed He is a God who sees us, each and every one.  He sees us before we even know Him, and He certainly sees when we have given our lives to Him.  And He sees us when we are in pain, lonely, despondent, and fearful.  Isn’t that great news?  He sees you and He sees me right this very moment.  Wow!
in Him, Mike