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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 116

We are going to spend a few days considering Genesis 16:13: "And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?" The background of this passage is that Hagar has gone into the desert; she is pregnant and distressed because of the manner that Sarai has treated her.Yet she is comforted by the fact that God sees her. Do you realize that God sees you continually? There is nothing that you do that escapes His recordation? This can be either a source of comfort or fear depending on what you are doing.

John Wesley said of this passage: "Thou seest my sorrow and affliction. This Hagar especially refers to: when we have brought ourselves into distress by our own folly, yet God has not forsaken us. Thou seest the sincerity of my repentance. Thou seest me, if in any instance I depart from thee. This thought should always restrain us from sin, and excite us to duty...." It is nice to know that if the cause of our misfortune is by our own hand, God is still there to provide deliverance. He still sees you when you mess up. Isn't that good news? He is only a prayer away!

The key to God's moving on your behalf is repentance. We need to be a people that are not afraid to stay in a place of brokenness and repentance. We need upon knowing that our speech or behavior was short of God's commandments (to love Him and our neighbor) to be truly sorry and change. We are not to continue to repeat the same error over and over. To repent means to leave the old way behind and enter into a new walk. Today, leave the sins of the past by walking away from them; have Godly sorrow for your actions and tell God that you are through with whatever it was that caused you to stray. And remember, He sees you repenting so everything is going to be alright.

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