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Here’s Looking at You, Sis

If you’ve ever felt invisible—overlooked by an employer, ignored by a loved one, forgotten by a friend—come meet three women from Scripture who surely felt unseen by those around them, yet were definitely noticed by the One who matters most.

 

Hagar was an Egyptian maidservant in Abram and Sarai’s household. You couldn’t get much lower on the social food chain than Hagar. When her mistress became downright abusive, pregnant Hagar fled into the desert, alone and unwanted.

 

But God saw Hagar. He found her and spoke kindly to her. Hagar responded by giving him the name El Roi, which means “God who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13)

Hagar is the only person in the Bible—male or female, slave or free—who gives God a proper name. And it’s so personal, so intimate! You see me, Lord. When you feel unseen, unloved, undone, you can trust in the God who sees you in your wilderness.

 

Leah was the first wife of Jacob, but he favored Rachel. Her younger, prettier sister, Rachel. I’m already feeling Leah’s pain, aren’t you? God felt it too.

 

“The LORD saw that Leah was not loved.” (Genesis 29:31). Breathtaking, to think that the creator and ruler of the universe looked deep inside this neglected woman’s heart. So tender, so caring, and so like our God.

 

He gave Leah what her culture valued most—a son—but what he really gave her was the assurance that she was cherished by him. If the people in your life aren’t showering you with love and affection, turn to the One who sees your heartache and knows exactly what you need.

 

The sinful woman of Luke 7 was seen by at least two men when she showed up at Simon the Pharisee’s house for a special dinner honoring Jesus. Simon saw her for what she was—a prostitute. Jesus saw her for who she was—a repentant woman with a big heart for God.

 

After she wept on his feet, dried them with her hair, kissed them with her lips, and anointed them with her perfume, Jesus turned to her and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” (Luke 7:44)

 

My heart just stops. Hers must have too. He sees me! He saw not only what she did, but also why she did it. He saw past her sin to her soul, well worth saving.

 

On those days when you wonder if anyone even notices that you’re alive, take this truth and run with it, beloved: “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

Comments

  1. 2 years ago
    JoEllen Yoder says

    I was inspired with all the words of wisdom shared at the WOF in OKC!!! I will be attending next year!! But I do have one question ~ Did any of the speakers mention a certain book of the bible that in a sense sums up the bible from Genesis to Revelation?

  2. I feel SOOOOOOOOOOO fortunate that GOD gave me the favor to attend WOF in OK City this weekend. Hearing Lizzie speak was amazing. I cannot wait for more of her inspired words!

  3. I always loved these 3 stories as well as others where God worked in their lives. God created Eve to help Adam, not to be put down but as an equal. He made woman to be loved and cherished, not abused and neglected. Throughout the Bible, He was always busy “seeing” women. He used the most unlikely women to do wonderful things and upheld them, using them as mothers in the line from Eve to Mary, to produce His Son in Mary’s womb.
    There was Tamar who had to trick Judah into giving her a son, twins actually. One of them, Perez is in the royal line, not one of the ‘legitimate’ heirs of Judah. Then Rahab the prostitute who hid the spies, believing that the Jewish God was the one God.She was the mother of Boaz who married Ruth a Moabite who became the great grandmother of David. He then used an adulteress whom David had her husband killed so he could marry her when he couldn’t get Uriah to sleep with his wife to cover up the fact that she was pregnant by David. He used their second child, Solomon to be the wisest man and king ever to be in His line for the Messiah.
    Then look at how Jesus treated sinful women, not just the prostitute who kissed His feet and washed and dried his feet, but the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman caught in the very act of adultery, Mary Magdalene, etc, etc. etc……… God always showed respect for women and still does to this day. Praise His Holy Name!