El Roi

She gave this name to the  Lord  who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen  the One who sees me.”

Genesis 16:13

Have you ever felt invisible? Like no one sees or cares about what’s going on in your life? Are you being mistreated and cast aside? If you have ever felt like that, or if you feel that right now, then this is for you! This is one of my favorites right now. I am so grateful for El Roi. This name is only found in the verse above, but the idea is found often in the pages of Scripture.

I feel like I need to give a little background for this one. God has promised Abram that he will be the father of many nations. His wife, Sarai has not born any children for him. She is now beyond child-bearing years. Abram and Sarai took their eyes off of God and His promises and tried to take things into their own hands. Sarai gave Abram her servant, Hagar to try to have children that way. Hagar conceived and with the birth of her son, Ishmael, things started to get even more messy. Hagar and Sarai were constantly having issues. Finally Sarai forced Hagar and Ishmael to leave. Hagar had nothing. She was homeless, destitute, and had a son. I’m sure she felt completely invisible. But God came to her aid. This verse is her response to God’s assistance. She found out that He is the “God who Sees Me”. El is the singular form of the same name that we discussed a couple days ago (Elohim). So that part is translated as “God”. Roi means “Sees me”.

The following is a quote about El Roi from Keith Ekberg’s “The Names of God in the Old Testament”:

“God sees us, He sees our needs, He knows how to meet our needs, and He can and will meet our needs. He can and will deliver us from the trouble we bring on ourselves or the troubles others bring on us. He helps us through our troubles and delivers us in His good time.”


I LOVE that! God sees ME! Now, of course this doesn’t mean that we will not have to deal with the consequences of our actions, but he does help us through them! I also appreciate that God’s love and care are not limited to a certain ethic or socio-economic group. Hagar was an Egyptian slave. God cared for her, too!

One of the examples that I see of this in reference to Jesus is found in John 4:

Many of the Samaritans from that town  believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

John 4:39

If you don’t know this story, I challenge you to go read John 4. It is a fabulous story of who Jesus is! But here is the cliff notes version. This woman has a past! She is from Samaria, which was a bad thing from the view of most Jewish people. (Another example of how God cares for those that are different from us!) Jesus is not from the area she is from. She has never seen him before. He tells her everything about her past AND present. He SAW her. But not only did He see her, but He saw her and still cared about her. He ministered to her right there at the well!

My friend, He sees you! He knows what you are going through and He cares. Turn to Him, trust Him. He will help you through, because He is El Roi.

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