El Roi – The God Who Sees (Genesis 16: 6-14). In Genesis 16: 6-14, we read the story of Hagar, Abram’s mistress of whom Sarah was understandably jealous. For context, because Sarah had been unable to give her husband Abraham children, she suggested Abraham have children by her slave Hagar instead. Abraham agreed, but when their plan worked, Sarah grew bitter towards Hagar. So Abraham said to his wife:
“Your slave is in your hands,’Abram said [to Sarai]. “Do with her whatever you think best.’ Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. The angel of the lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, ‘Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?’
“‘I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,’ she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her, ‘Go back to your mistress and submit to her.’ The angel added, ‘I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.’ The angel of the Lord also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. 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.”
“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.’ That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there between Kadesh and Bered.”
(Psalm 33: 18-19) says “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”
When Hagar ran away from Sarah and ended up on a road in the wilderness, God found her there and promised to give her a son, whom she should name Ishmael, which means “God hears”-“Because the Lord has heard and paid attention to your affliction” (Gen. 16: 11)
Verse 13 says, “So she (Hagar) 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.”
On a road in the wilderness, when Hagar was running away from a situation that seemed pretty terrible and she was probably feeling alone, uncertain, and afraid, she met El Roi, the God Who sees.