Life can be difficult and frightening. It is common to find yourself in situations where you see no way out. It appears that God doesn’t see you and you feel as though He has forgotten you. It is then that you need to look at the facts, which are stated in God’s Word. That gives us faith to act. In the story of Hagar we learn a valuable lesson. One of God’s names is El Roi, “the God who sees“. Whatever your circumstances, God knows, God cares, and God can help, but you must trust Him. And that will give you the faith to act, to go on when all seems lost.
A wonderful example of this is found in this story from World War II: “During the terrible days of the Blitz, a father, holding his small son by the hand, ran from a building that had been struck by a bomb. In the front yard was a shell hole. Seeking shelter as quickly as possible, the father jumped into the hole and held up his arms for his son to follow. Terrified, yet hearing his father’s voice telling him to jump, the boy replied, “I can’t see you!”
The father, looking up against the sky tinted red by the burning buildings, called to the silhouette of his son, “But I can see you. Jump!” The boy jumped, because he trusted his father. The Christian faith enables us to face life or meet death, not because we can see, but with the certainty that we are seen; not that we know all the answers, but that we are known.”
I don’t know what you are going through today but God does. Regardless of how things appear or how you feel, God’s eye is on you and you can depend on His promise. Remember, “...The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17), not by sight.