The Lord will keep you from all harm
He will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8 (NIV)
What a comfort to know that God is always watching over your life! No matter where you go or what experiences you are going through, your loving Heavenly Father is attentively observing every moment of your day. Remind yourself that even though there are times when you are “coming and going” all by yourself, you are never alone. If you are taking the first step of a long journey, or if you are homeward bound, God is right there beside you.
Often we feel that God has abandoned us when we are going through difficult circumstances. We might say to ourselves, “Where is God when I need Him?” Yet there is nothing more comforting than the realization that God is right beside us, even in the midst of a crisis. He is a constant companion in our lives, and He’s never asleep on the job.
So today whether you’re on a remote island or in a crowded urban area; whether you’re sitting behind a desk, standing in a line, waiting in a doctor’s office, cooking in a kitchen, or camped out under the stars; whether you’re sailing on a ship, flying in a plane, driving in a car, commuting on a bus, traveling by train, riding a bike, or walking on foot…God sees you right where you are. Like a loving father, the Lord watches over the lives of His children. Take a moment to acknowledge His nonstop presence in your life and thank Him for always watching over you.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a
“He will not let your foot slip—He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:3 – 4
The Lord talked to Hagar.
She began to use a new name for God. She said to him,
“You are ‘God Who Sees Me.’”
She said this because she thought,
“I see that even in this place God sees me and cares for me!”
Genesis 16:13 (ERV)
Mistreated, abused and rejected, Hagar was running away from her circumstances. She found herself alone in the desert feeling frightened, forgotten and weary from her journey. Yet, at her lowest point, the angel of the Lord appeared to her, calling her by name, and encouraged her…right in the middle of her wilderness.
Maybe you are in the midst of a “wilderness” in life. The path you are traveling seems rocky and desolate, littered with extreme difficulties. You feel that no one knows or cares about your dire circumstances. You are lonely and afraid, and perhaps you feel the only possible solution is to “run away” from your problems. The God Who Sees also cares about you. He sees you right where you are, and He knows about every tumultuous detail of your life. He knows your name…and your needs. Turn to Him for guidance and direction.
As for Hagar, the Lord instructed her to return to her owner, Sarai, and to submit to her authority. Notice that He didn’t remove Hagar from her circumstances, but He gave her guidance and encouragement on how to live the life she was destined for. He also promised to bless her for her obedience and encouraged her concerning the child she was carrying, Abram’s son. If Hagar had continued running, she and her unborn child would have met with certain disaster. God knew His plans for her life…and the life of her unborn son…, and He gave her specific instructions about how she should live.
This story is a great example of how God causes all things…even bad things…to work together for good. (And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28) Hagar’s obedience brought God’s blessings upon her life. God also sees you in your wilderness, and He has a marvelous plan for your life. Listen to His instructions. Remember that “running away” is not the solution, and it often leads to sure disaster. Instead of running away…run into His arms and listen to His instructions. Your obedience to His plan will bring divine blessings upon your life. Remind yourself that “even in this place, God sees me and cares for me!”
“…I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14b