October 29, Sunday

The AMI QT Devotionals from October 23-29 are provided by Pastor Charles Choe of Tapestry Church, Los Angeles. Charles, a graduate of UC Riverside and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.), is married to Grace, and they have three children: Chloe, Noah, and Camden.

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Genesis 16:12-16

He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” 13 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.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

I pastor a church in Los Angeles, and we recently had the privilege of moving into a larger building just a couple months ago. But with a new and bigger building, we’ve come to see unexpected needs rise, including the need to install a vastly improved and expensive surveillance system to monitor the spacious structure. We are hoping to have it up and running soon, because we’ve already had a few things go missing. At those very moments, I wish I was able to see what happened or who may have taken it.

Sometimes we forget that God sees and knows everything. He is not blind or unknowing; but if He was, I wonder how we would conduct ourselves. Would it make a difference in the way we talk or behave, especially those moments when no one is looking? Often when we don’t give too much thought to God, it’s because we fail to treat Him as God. So when Hagar has been mistreated and abused, she recognizes that God does see all (Genesis 16:13).

Do you know that God sees you? It is one thing to know that He loves you and hears your prayers, but it is quite another to know that His eyes are upon you—He is watching you. But don’t compare His eyes to a surveillance camera, as though He is spying on you to chastise you when you fail. No, the concept of God seeing us is a loving concept. He watches us because He is concerned about us and loves to see us, similar to a parent who loves to watch his children sleep and play. It gives God joy to see us go through life and learn about Him and interact with other people. And He also keeps His eyes on us to shield us from harm.

God watches you. Why? Because God loves you. This is what Hagar knew about her God. So she is able to return to Abram and Sarai, and she is received back into the home where Abram does better to take responsibility for his actions. It’s knowing that God was with her that gave her the confidence to come back to the father of her child.

Today, be certain that God has not abandoned you. He watches over you. He can even look into your heart and know things that you don’t even understand about yourself. Allow God to search your heart and let Him refine you from the inside out. Trust that you are not alone—He is with you when you are awake, and He is with you when you are asleep. Take comfort and lift up your eyes and meet the eyes of God in Christ Jesus.

Prayer: God, help me to know that You are with me. You have not forsaken me. Even when I feel utterly alone and abandoned, You have not left me. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Acts 22

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