“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me’” (Genesis 16:13).
When you looked in the mirror this morning, what did you see? Wrinkles? Gray hair? A tired expression? That’s what I saw. But God doesn’t see me the say way I see myself. All through the Bible, He tells men and women that He sees what no one else does – not even themselves.
Moses saw himself as a stuttering criminal on the lam, but God saw him as the deliverer of His people (Exodus 3:10).
Gideon saw himself as “the least in the weakest clan of Israel,” but God saw him as a “mighty warrior” (Judges 6:15, 12).
David’s father Jesse saw his son as the tender of the family’s sheep, but God saw him as the shepherd-king of His people.
Where the woman with an issue of blood saw herself as ostracized and unclean, Jesus saw her as a “daughter” (Luke 8:48). Simon the Pharisee saw the woman washing Jesus’ feet as a “sinful woman,” but Jesus saw her as a model of love and forgiveness (Luke 7:36-50). Mary Magdalene, whom the whole town knew as a demon-possessed woman Jesus saw as the first witness to His resurrection (John 20:10-18).
And on and on I could go.
God sees you and me far more clearly than we could ever see ourselves. Who you are in the sight of others, or even in your own eyes, is not who you are in the sight of the God who created and redeemed you. For those who are in Christ, He sees us as His children (1 John 3:1), with a purpose and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Where others see us through the mistakes we’ve made, God sees us with all the potential He placed in us from before we were born. When we see ourselves through the worldly standards of beauty and success, God sees us through the beauty of His Son and His victory over death. When we see ourselves as unworthy, hopeless, useless, and unwanted He sees us as valuable, and desired, because He sees us through eyes of love and compassion.
How do you see yourself, Beloved? When you consider that question, always come back to this truth: the God who created you sees you as so much more than you can ever imagine. Ask Him to give you His perspective so you can live as the child of God that you are.