Jehovah Rohi: the God Who Sees

Aug. 15, 2018 | By Taffi Dollar


When we struggle with issues that rise up against us, we can draw encouragement in the knowledge that we are not going through our issues all alone. God, Jehovah Rohi, is the God who sees; He sees everything that happens to us. He cares deeply about everything that affects us and is concerned about everything that concerns us. He is not a God who is angry, distant, or aloof, but a God who is full of love and compassion. He wants the best for us and wants us to experience victory in every area of our lives. Believers have the privilege of being God’s beloved children through whom He can express Himself. When we obey what He tells us, our eyes will be opened to others’ needs, and we can take action to truly make a difference in their lives.

  1. No matter who we are or what the situation is, God is not blind to our situation.
    1. In the Old Testament, Hagar acknowledged that God saw her and the future of her son’s life.
      1. And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai (Genesis 16:7, 8).
      2. The Angel of the Lord said to her, Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control. Also the Angel of the Lord said to her, I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be numbered for multitude. And the Angel of the Lord continued, See now, you are with child and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael [God hears], because the Lord has heard  and paid attention to your affliction. And he [Ishmael] will be as a wild ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him, and he will live to the east  and on the borders of all his kinsmen. So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]?  Or have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me? (Genesis 16:9-13, AMPC).
    2. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars (2 Chronicles 16:9).
      1. When things get tough, sometimes we may think that God does not understand, or that He is unsympathetic to our situation. This is a misconception; God is the God who sees.
      2. God sees the individuals who are strong, and He expresses Himself through them. He has always wanted a relationship with mankind so that He can express His love and grace.
    3. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?(1 Peter 3:12, 13).
      1. We must remember that God sees us and is concerned about everything concerning us.
      2. If we have received Jesus, then we are the righteousness of God.
      3. Under the old covenant, the people could not go before God; they had to pray through a priest. Now, under grace, we can stand in His presence with no earthly priest, without fear or shame. God’s eyes and ears are open to us.
  1. God knows exactly what we are going through. We can rely on Him for help.
    1. As believers, we can stand before God because we are the apple of His eye, His people, and His beloved children.
      1. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:14, 15).
      2. Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help (Hebrews 4:14-16, MSG).
    2. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).
      1. God knows just how to give the increase because He sees what is going on with us. All we need to do is obey what He tells us.
      2. When we sow, God sees our seed. He causes it to grow into its fullest potential.
    3. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee (Mark 2:2-5).
      1. Jesus had eyes to see the faith of those who came to Him. He sees our faith, as well. When we step out in faith and do what needs to be done, He sees what we do.
  1. God expressed Himself through Jesus; He wants to do the same through us.
    1. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things (Mark 6:34).
      1. In His compassion, Jesus saw that the people needed to be taught.
      2. God was in touch with the needs of the people.
    2. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living (Mark 12:41-44).
      1. Jesus was looking at what the people were giving. He observed and remarked on the woman’s faith because He was paying attention. God is still observing our giving.
    3. And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise (Luke 10:30-37).
      1. The Samaritan had compassion, something the priest and the Levite lacked.
      2. Sometimes we must go straight to where people are in order to see what is going on with them. Being there makes us sensitive to their situation.

Scripture References

Genesis 16:7, 8

Genesis 16:9-13, AMPC

2 Chronicles 16:9

1 Peter 3:12, 13

Hebrews 4:14, 15

Hebrews 4:14-16, MSG

1 Corinthians 3:6

Mark 2:2-5

Mark 6:34

Mark 12:41-44

Luke 10:30-37

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