8648939198_4dd3ec6cf8_z Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 
Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 
Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 
So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Matt. 10:29-31
Here with our eyes we read plainly that we ought not be afraid since our Lord’s tender care of even the tiniest and most insignificant creatures is evidence of His ability to care for our needs, yet, how often our wavering hearts still fear and doubt His affections toward us, his own children!
This is the way of humankind, to continually battle our own “vain imaginations,” despite His certain Word, assuring us of the opposite.
We find ourselves worrying, and believing as Zion did, that–
My way is hidden from the Lord; My cause is disregarded by my God” (Isa 40:27) and, “The Lord has abandoned me;the sovereign master has forgotten me” (Isa 49:14).
This very day, words not unlike these spilled from my mouth as apprehensive tears ran down my cheeks.
Perhaps a believer’s greatest strongholds of doubt and fear lie with the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of their own precious earthly children and family members.
This was the arena in which I battled today.
In my distress, my ever-compassionate Lord responded with words from scripture that reassured this Mama’s heart:
“Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast?
Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne?
(Yet) Even if mothers were to forget, I could never forget you! Look, I have inscribed your name on my palms; your walls are constantly before me.”
Isa. 49:15-16
In this beautifully tender passage, the Lord goes on to assure his people, Israel, that very shortly He will act on their behalf to oppose their enemies, and to “rescue,” “deliver,” and “protect” his own.
In that final day of deliverance, He says, they “will recognize that I am the Lord;”  furthermore, He declares that “those who wait patiently for [Him] are not put to shame” (v. 23).  While we recognize this as a sure promise of God’s enduring commitment to the (now wayward) nation of Israel, Gentile believers who have been “grafted in” have the privilege of standing upon it as well; for He could never forget any of His chosen ones–those whom He knew even “before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4-5)!
Behold, dear believer, El-Roi–the God Who Sees.  What comfort we can take in knowing that He is ever watchful over ALL of our paths (Prov. 5:21); He sees not only our coming, our going, our resting and working, but in every trial and hour of distress, He watches over us.
The Bible tells us of another mother’s experience in the wilderness of distress: In Genesis 16, after fleeing from Sarai her master, God Himself visited Hagar and spoke words of encouragement to her about her future.  From this encounter, Hagar declared “You are the God who sees me!” and, “Truly here I have seen Him who looks after me” (Gen. 16:13).  Note how personal–the God who sees ME, who looks after ME.  El-Roi is indeed, as the Psalmist observed, “intimately acquainted with all MY ways.”Not long after, Hagar again found herself in the desert, and this time, all hope of a future seemed lost.
“When the water in the skin was gone, [Hagar] put the boy [Ishmael] under one of the bushes. Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.”
And as she sat there nearby,
she  began to sob.
God heard the boy crying,
and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her,
What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid;
God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
And God was with the boy as he grew up
(Gen 21: 15-20).

What comfort we, as parents can take from these scriptures.

Here, not only does God see, but He hears also–and what’s more, He hears the cries of our children. How precious they must be in His sight!  When it comes to our own sweet ones, do we trust that He will be “with them” as they walk through this life?

Whether it is our five year old child crying out to God for companionship, the parents of a twenty-five year old “child” crying out for their son or daughter in a season of rebellion, or simply a “child of God” who’s lost the way and is in need of the Father’s assurance, we can be certain that God always hears the cries of His own. He sees, He hears, He knows, and He has not forgotten!

After declaring El-Roi’s omniscience in the 139th Psalm, David said this unto the Lord who sees all:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; SEE if there be any offensive (wicked, idolatrous) way in me, And lead me in the everlasting path.” (Ps. 139:23-24)
Will we entertain doubts and fears about our own futures, and those of our loved ones, or will we give permission to His Spirit to probe, test, examine and SEE what “offensive way” remains which keeps us from fully trusting in His tender provision?
Paul’s advise echoes that of the Psalmist when he said: Our battle is to bring down every deceptive fantasy (vain imagination, speculation, false argument, or loose thought),and every imposing defence that men erect against the true knowledge of God. We even fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5-6, Phillips)
This is no less than a call to battle; to bring each doubt and every false speculation (suggested by none other than the enemy of our souls) under the authority of Christ Jesus and the truth of His Word.
Finally, we can be comforted that in addition to seeing us, El-Roi, the God who sees, watches carefully over His own Word.
Jeremiah tell us that the Lord is “watching over [His] Word to perform it!” (Jer 1:12), invariably, so that we, His saints can stand upon it in full faith and blessed assurance.
Be consoled today if you are His own, that He has not forgotten, abandoned or disregarded you or those you love.
You have a Maker who formed your heart– who knows your name as well as your every thought; a Father who sees each tear that falls, and who hears you when you call!
Know too, that the God who sees and hears is also the God who remembers and acts on our behalf.
Truly, “those who wait upon Him shall not be put to shame.”
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalm 9:9-10
Lord, by the strength of your Spirit, we commit to battle and bring down every false argument that arises in our mind; to take captive every vain imagination and anxious thought until they are subject to You and Your Word.  Search us and see, El-Roi, if there remains any offensive tendency in us which would repel your Spirit and hinder Your will.  Help us in our weaknesses and in our wildernesses!   Turn and give ear to our cries, and the cries of those we love.  Thank you, Lord, for Your innumerable thoughts towards us, Your beloved children.
Why do I feel discouraged Why do the shadows come And why does my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home When Jesus is my portion,
My constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.
So I sing, because I’m happy
And I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.
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{Re-Posted from the 2011 Archives}

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