- Published: Monday, 06 May 2019 12:38
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her. "You are God Who Sees", for she said, "Have I not even here [in the wilderness] remained alive after seeing Him [who sees me with understanding and compassion]? Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi (Well of the Living One Who Sees Me); it is between Kadesh and Bared. So Hagar gave birth to Abram's son; and Abram named his son, to whom Hagar gave birth, Ishmael (God hears.) Genesis 16:13-15
Recently, I read a book by Rachel Held Evens. I read it because Rachel was a proactive Christian for women and a very progressive thinker. Sadly, she has died at the young age of 37, but the impact she left behind has been insurmountable.
In her book, Inspired, she tells the story of Hagar from a first person account. I loved reading it. I loved it because of all the times I've read this story, I didn't think about the fact that Hagar is the ONLY one in the Bible that actually named God. She had an amazing encounter with God after running away from her mistress, who treated her harshly and humiliated her. Hagar retreated to the wilderness where an Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water on the road to Shur.
The Angel said to her, "Go back to your mistress, and submit humbly to her." He continued by saying, "I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count." The Angel then told her that she was pregnant and that she would have a son. He instructed her to name her son Ishmael (God hears.)
Hagar then called the name of the Lord who spoke to her "You are God Who Sees. Have I not even remained alive after seeing Him [Who sees me with understanding and compassion.]?"
Hagar returned to her mistress and she did give birth to a son and she named him Ishmael.
Hagar was a servant girl, powerless. Yet, God saw her completely different. He had his eye on her from the beginning, and He never stopped seeing her. He gave her power through her womb, and she became a mother of a nation. She heard the voice and she believed it to be true, she rose up and she obeyed. For a young women that had only been used and overlooked, God saw her, and she named Him for it.
God is talking to you as well. He sees you. He hears you. Maybe there's something else that touches your heart in the way that He is there for you. What would you name God?
For me, He is the God that speaks. When all else is silent and I have no idea what to do or where to turn, God speaks. I've been told that I'm not good enough to hear that voice of God, but I know that God isn't measuring me by the standards of what I've done or not done, He sees my heart and He speaks to me. I only need to listen.
The God Who Speaks!