Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?”
After God commanded Hagar to return to Sarah and assured her that her son would live and have descendants, she described God as the God Who Sees.
This is unique because Hagar is the only person in the Bible who gives a name to God (El Roi). God typically revealed names and titles to His servants.
This name reveals an essential element of God’s power—His omniscience. In other words, God’s ability to see and know everything that is happening. God has the power and ability to look “to the ends of the earth, and [see] under the whole heavens” (Job 28:24). The Bible reveals that “the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
This doesn’t just show us an ability of God; it reveals a vital part of His character: God deeply cares for His people.
Study these scriptures to learn more about God’s concern for His people—especially when they face difficult circumstances: Psalms 46:1; 91:7; Nahum 1:7; and Romans 8:35.
To learn more about God’s care and concern for His people, read our article on “Encouraging Bible Verses.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Abram Renamed Abraham.”