Q: Who was the first person to call God “El Roi?”
Keep reading for the answer!
Why Should I Study God’s Names?
For a lot (if not ALL) of the same reasons you need to study the Bible! Learning God’s names is not just an academic experience. It’s not like memorizing flashcards or a recipe by heart. It’s a fluid and transformative experience. Learning God’s names changes you from the inside out. It’s a study we should continue throughout our lives, in all seasons.
Become more acquainted with God’s character and nature through his names. It’s like spending time with a friend or a loved one. You start seeing his hand in your life circumstances, whether it’s his providence, mercy, justice, love, or friendship. It’s a key to understanding the great plan he has for your life. It’s essential to knowing who you are and what you were made for. Who better to ask than…
Did You Get the Answer Right?
When we’re up to no good, we’d prefer to go unnoticed. But who wants to be overlooked when life is unraveling?
The encouraging story of Hagar is for everyone who’s ever felt invisible. Everything changed for this Egyptian servant when she was given by her barren mistress, Sarai, to Abram in order to conceive an heir for him. Hagar’s affection for Sarai quickly morphed into condescension once Hagar became pregnant with Abram’s child. This led to abusive behavior at the hands of Sarai. When the harassment became intolerable, Hagar abruptly fled into the wilderness without money, food, water, or a plan.
Trudging all alone and pregnant through a desert wasteland, no doubt feeling forgotten, Hagar stumbled upon a desert spring. When she stopped to drink, she found more than refreshing water. She found supernatural help! In angelic form, the Lord met her. He reassured her with lavish promises. He promised that her son would live and become a father with descendants “too numerous to count.” Then he sent her back home filled and strengthened with new hope. Is it any wonder Hagar gave the Lord the name “The God who sees me”?
Implicit in this name is God’s overriding compassion. When Hagar had no idea where to go or what to do next, she was reminded that God is real, that He sees the needs of His creatures, and that He draws near to help. God doesn’t just glance our way; long and hard, He studies the difficulties we face. And then He acts.
Do you feel like you’re alone, that nobody really sees (much less understands) the troubles you face? Maybe you feel like injustice is rampant in your life. Even in such dark times, trust that God is El Roi. He sees—and He sees you. He looks intently. He notices. He studies everything and misses nothing. Others may overlook you or forget you, but God never will. And because He sees you, He knows what you need and gladly provides the comfort you are looking for.
Do you see the God who is watching you?
Where do you feel most helpless and alone? In what ways would it comfort you to know that God sees and intimately knows your situation?
You are the God who sees me.
Thank You for keeping Your eye on me,
for knowing my situation,
and for caring about what happens to me.
Read more : Psalm 139:1; Matthew 6:4
Christopher D. Hudson has contributed to over fifty Bible projects, sixty study guides and over a hundred books. He has also served as managing editor for best-selling Bibles such as: The Love Languages Devotional Bible with Gary Chapman (Moody); Inspirational Bible with Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson); and the Case for Christ Study Bible with Lee Strobel (Zondervan). He is a graduate from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and is an active teacher in his church for over twenty years. He is from Chicago, IL, where he resides with his wife and three children.
God has many names in the Bible and each name shows a different aspect of God. For example, “Adonai” means “The Lord” or “My Great Lord”; “El Roi” means “The God Who Sees Me”; and “YHWH” means “”I AM,” The One Who Is” or “The Self-Existent One”. The Names of God eChart from Rose Publishing contains 10 different Names of God, the meaning and application for each name, as well as Bible references where the name can be found. The Names of God eChart is a great study tool to help you better understand the God of the Bible. Download NOW.