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“God Sees,” by Pastor Mark DuPré

May 5, 2019

Did you ever really mess things up? Or find yourself in a bad situation that you can’t see your way out of? Read Genesis 16 (whole chapter)

Background: God promised to make a great nation from Abraham, but he didn’t have a son with his wife Sarah. A famine sent him to Egypt, where Sarah was highly favored by Pharaoh, and received many gifts, including a servant for Sarah named Hagar.

Pretty much everyone made a bad decision here:

Sarah offering her maid to Abraham

Abraham taking her up on the offer

Hagar getting a bad attitude when she conceived

Sarah putting the blame on Abraham and calling God as a judge on him

Abraham not intervening into the problem between Sarah and Hagar

Sarah being cruel

Hagar taking off

No one seems to have sought the Lord in any of this: Psalm 34:4 and II Chronicles 26:5

“Now the Angel of the Lord found her” — God was looking for her, going after her, actively seeking her. His question: “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

Hagar had every good reason to count herself out. But the Lord saw her. God identified Hagar personally — not a random greeting. His calling her “Hagar, Sarai’s maid” brought her back to her calling and identity. And he asked knowing and personal questions, working to engage with her and snap her out of her isolated, confused mindset. God showed her what her choices were.

The good news: Hagar connected with the Lord, and honestly answered: “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”

God told her to return and promised to bless her (He has promised to bless those who blessed Abraham). Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees.

God is called by a lot of names in the Bible that reflect who He is: The God who provides, The Lord our banner, The Lord our peace, etc. This is the only time He is called “The God Who Sees”.

“Well of course, God sees. I know the scriptures!” II Chronicles 16:9 and Hebrews 4:13

But the question isn’t whether or not God is aware, or that He notices. But it’s that He really sees it all–everything–all aspects of the situation: where it started, what a mess it is, and how to move out of it. More than that, He cares as He sees (Psalm 121:5)

Are you in a mess right now? Does it seems that there is no getting out of it?

Does it seem so complicated that you aren’t even sure how to pray?

God sees it. He knows everything about it, inside and out.

How about that one unchanging situation in your life? The one you’ve learned to live with, but that is always sitting there, unresolved?

God sees that one too. He completely understands every aspect of it. Not just how it got there, but how it can be resolved.

Let’s bring those situations to Him in faith.

He sees it. He gets it. He gets us–completely! God has complete understanding of where we are now, and He cares. And He has the wisdom to get us out of our mess.

Let’s reconnect with Him, and listen to what our personal and loving God has to say to us. He only wants to bring us to where the blessings are.

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Sermon Notes

Did you ever really mess things up? Or find yourself in a bad situation that you can’t see your way out of? Read Genesis 16 (whole chapter)

Background: God promised to make a great nation from Abraham, but he didn’t have a son with his wife Sarah. A famine sent him to Egypt, where Sarah was highly favored by Pharaoh, and received many gifts, including a servant for Sarah named Hagar.

Pretty much everyone made a bad decision here:

  • Sarah offering her maid to Abraham

  • Abraham taking her up on the offer

  • Hagar getting a bad attitude when she conceived

  • Sarah putting the blame on Abraham and calling God as a judge on him

  • Abraham not intervening into the problem between Sarah and Hagar

  • Sarah being cruel

  • Hagar taking off

No one seems to have sought the Lord in any of this: Psalm 34:4 and II Chronicles 26:5

“Now the Angel of the Lord found her” — God was looking for her, going after her, actively seeking her. His question: “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

Hagar had every good reason to count herself out. But the Lord saw her. God identified Hagar personally — not a random greeting. His calling her “Hagar, Sarai’s maid” brought her back to her calling and identity. And he asked knowing and personal questions, working to engage with her and snap her out of her isolated, confused mindset. God showed her what her choices were.

The good news: Hagar connected with the Lord, and honestly answered: “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”

God told her to return and promised to bless her (He has promised to bless those who blessed Abraham). Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees.

God is called by a lot of names in the Bible that reflect who He is: The God who provides, The Lord our banner, The Lord our peace, etc. This is the only time He is called “The God Who Sees”.

“Well of course, God sees. I know the scriptures!” II Chronicles 16:9 and Hebrews 4:13

But the question isn’t whether or not God is aware, or that He notices. But it’s that He really sees it all–everything–all aspects of the situation: where it started, what a mess it is, and how to move out of it. More than that, He cares as He sees (Psalm 121:5)

Are you in a mess right now? Does it seems that there is no getting out of it?

Does it seem so complicated that you aren’t even sure how to pray?

God sees it. He knows everything about it, inside and out.

How about that one unchanging situation in your life? The one you’ve learned to live with, but that is always sitting there, unresolved?

God sees that one too. He completely understands every aspect of it. Not just how it got there, but how it can be resolved.

Let’s bring those situations to Him in faith.

He sees it. He gets it. He gets us–completely! God has complete understanding of where we are now, and He cares. And He has the wisdom to get us out of our mess.

Let’s reconnect with Him, and listen to what our personal and loving God has to say to us. He only wants to bring us to where the blessings are.