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Monday, August 17, 2009

Does God use Google?

I was doing some research a few months ago for a message on Hagar. Hagar is the only person in scripture that gives God a name. Every other name you will read is a name God has declared over Himself. But it is Hagar who gives God the name El Roi, The God Who Sees.

In furthering my research for my message I did a Google search on Does God Really See Me and as I was reading through the various sites that came up, I stumbled across a discussion room. Reading through the honest comments from some complete strangers I was struck by their opinions and questions. Here were some of their remarks:

Is God really watching us right now? If so He must be very bored. I know I am.

Does he watch us as life happens, or does he exist outside of time and space, and so it's more like TiVo?

Does he watch everything, or does he just pop in now and again, like your mom when you were a baby sleeping?

Does he watch us all as a whole or each one of us as a separate individual?

These may be the same questions and thoughts you yourself have pondered.

It's easy to wonder and question whether or not God really sees you and sees your current situation, especially when you are in pain and hurting so bad that you feel more dead than alive.

And that is exactly where Hagar was living.

We read her story in Genesis 16. And hers is that of a woman with no hope, no future and no freedom. Forced to be a slave, to marry her mistress Sarah's husband, Abraham, and bare his child with no say in the matter, at all.

And her desperation deepens as Sarah begins to treat her so harshly that she can't take it anymore and runs away.

Abraham no longer knew where she was...

And Sarah didn't even care to look...

But God...

He always knew right where she was.

As a slave she was worth nothing to society and was obviously worth nothing to Sarah, but she was worth everything to God. If she wasn't then the angel of the Lord would never have come to her in verse 7.

No, Hagar might not have handled all the cards she was dealt with grace but it's not our perfectness that makes us priceless to God.

God does not love you because you are valuable. You are valuable because God loves you. And that my friend is why He will forever know right where you are, at every possible moment in your life; the good days, the bad days and even the ugly days.

The angel asked Hagar in verse 8, Where have you come from and where are you going? God knew the answer, He just wanted Hagar to know it too.

This is a good question for us to ask ourselves as well. We can't change where we have come from. It's too late. What's done is done. But we can make the decision as to where we are going from here, today, right now.

And if you feel you're not strong enough to make that change, 2 Chronicles 16:9 says The eyes of the Lord are searching for someone whom He can show Himself strong through.

He's not asking us to be strong, He is strong enough right by Himself.

He cares, He knows, He loves, He sees and He will never have to do a Google search to find you!

God does not watch us from a distance as Bette Midler famously sang in the 90's. He does not poke His head in every now and again just to check on us. And He most definitely is not bored by us. As a matter of fact, we are probably the best reality show there is and heaven gets a front row seat!

So, where will I be when my show ends? I have no idea. But I know the One who will see me through to the final The End.