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{April 7, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


April 7 – 13, 2019

 

Sightings: I Could Not See God,

But He Could See Me

By Allison Antrim

My husband and I have been married for about seven months and enjoying newlywed bliss, but we’re currently walking through our first trial in our marriage. Last month my husband had to leave the company where he had worked for thirteen years. We have been looking for signs that God is up to something, but the way is not as clear as we would like it to be. Fear and doubt seem to hover on the edge of our perception, waiting to strike. Today’s sermon was exactly what we needed to hear. Like Hagar, my husband and I find ourselves in a difficult situation, but just as Hagar gave God the name “El Roi,” we can call Him by the same name: the God who sees.

I first read Hagar’s story when I was a teenager. I was moved by the plight of this woman, a stranger among strangers, cast out from her home because of the jealousy of her mistress. I came to love these verses in Hagar’s story: “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.” (Gensis 16:13-14 NIV).

Knowing that God sees me has been a port of peace in the midst of the storms in my life. As I’ve waited for him to act on my behalf, the anxiety of waiting has been softened by the knowledge that I am seen by the One who made heaven and earth, who came in human form and bore all of my sin on the cross, then rose on that glorious Easter morning. Because I know God has seen me in the past, I have every reason to believe that He sees me and my husband now.

I find it interesting that the well Hagar sat by became a tangible witness to God’s presence in the life of a lowly Egyptian slave; many years later when the book of Genesis was being written, the well was still there and known by the name Hagar gave to God. While my husband and I don’t own an actual well to sit by and speak one on one with the angel of the LORD, I can’t help but think that this season of searching for a new job will, like the well in Hagar’s story, bear witness in our memories as a lasting testimony to His presence. So we will continue to wait on God to point the way, knowing that His loving gaze is on us as we move forward in faith.

 

{sunday 4.7.19}

Read Genesis 16:13-14

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Have you ever felt unseen during a difficult situation in your life? How might your upcoming week be impacted by the knowledge that God is El Roi, “the God who sees me?”

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

{monday 4.8.19}

Read Romans 14:13-15:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “If you want to exercise your judgement, do so on this question: how to avoid placing obstacles stumbling blocks in front of a fellow family member.” Reflect on your life and where you are currently placing stumbling blocks for others. What are they? How can you avoid doing this?   

{tuesday 4.9.19}

Read Romans 15:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In verse 5 God is referred to as the God of patience and encouragement. We are made in God’s image and we too should be of patience and encouragement. Name one person you know personally that you need to have more patience with. How will you encourage them (without patronizing them)?    

{wednesday 4.10.19}

Read Romans 15:17-29

Observe, Reflect, Apply: How can you provide help for those who paved the way for you to meet Jesus? Is it assisting them with practical, everyday kind of help? Is it working alongside them in caring for others? The list is endless and will be unique to everyone. Pray for guidance and clarity from God. 

{thursday 4.11.19}

Read Romans 15:30-16:7

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is running through a list of people who should be greeted by the Romans and names a little bit about what they’ve done. Who do you know that should meet someone else you know? Can you introduce them to each other? How will you introduce them? What “thing” have they done that you want the other person to know upfront about them?  

{friday 4.12.19}

Read Romans 16:8-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “But I want you to be wise when it comes to good, and innocent when it comes to evil.” In your own words define what you think Paul means by this statement. 

{saturday 4.13.19}

Read Romans 16:21-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Throughout Romans Paul has mentioned the prophetic writings about Jesus. Have you ever studied the prophetic verses Paul is referring to? If you haven’t, do you know someone who can read them with you and explain them? I encourage you to do so, it can be very eye opening.  

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

THE JOURNEY VLOG: Our own Seth Davidson has a Journey Vlog that you can subscribe to on YouTube. Five days out of each week he offers an 8-10 minute overview about the scripture reading for that day. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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