Welcome to His Name, My Purpose, a site dedicated to showcasing the incredible names of our Maker. Each name of God in the Old Testament is a revelation of God's attributes. As we are exposed to them, they broaden our kingdom view and modify our thinking and behavior. Even a small glimpse of God’s character can wash our ordinary routines with new motivation, and bathe our agendas with fresh vision. Enjoy your walk through the names of God.

April 5, 2011

Seeing Hagar

Hagar’s weary legs collapsed next to the desert spring. Quivering, she cupped the life-giving water into her hands and brought it to her mouth. How had it come to this? The little life inside her should have been reason enough for rejoicing, but her aloneness against the enormity of unanswered questions had stolen any hope for the future.

Hagar had probably heard Abraham talk of God, but she had no doubt heard enough to believe she was outside the realm of His interest. God had already chosen a family line to receive His blessing, and it did not include her and her future child. He had already established the lineage to a Savior for His people. That lineage did not involve her.

Despite Hagar’s lowly position that day in the middle of nowhere, the Maker of the Universe paid her a visit. He saw her circumstances and came to console her and speak words of promise. He listened to her complain about her mistress, Sarai. He spoke of the future son she would have. He gave her guidance, telling her to return and submit to Sarai. He provided hope, promising to multiply her descendants.

So Hagar called Him a God Who Sees, El Roi. He is the merciful and kind One who looks beyond Himself to the details in the life of another. When Jesus walked the earth, He saw the needy, the downcast, and the vulnerable. Though they could not bring Him benefit or advance His cause, He acted, He listened, and He touched—even the lepers.

As God’s children, His image-bearers, we represent Him well when we do the same. When we adopt the heart of El Roi, we gain some of His vision and begin to see past our own agendas into lives that are hungry for compassion and help. We see beyond our own insecurities, comforts, pride, and guilt into the hurts of others. We see beyond our blinding self-focus to the needs of the 'Hagars' before us.

“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

Prayer:  Thank you, God, for your compassionate character—that of El Roi, the God Who Sees. Give us the grace and courage to display your compassion to those around us.