The first time the name El Roi is used in the Bible is in Genesis 16:13, “And she called the name of the LORD that spoke unto her, the God who sees me.” The story is that of Abram who was promised a seed blessed by God, and a lack of faith that developed because of his great age, as the story continued Abram and Sarai took matters into their own hands, and as a result insulted Sarai’s Egyptian maid, by using her to provide a son for Abram.
In this context, God is revealed as One who sees and at the same time one who is no respecter of persons. God by grace promised a seed to Abram because there was no special good in Abram. God saw the troubles of an Egyptian woman who would be the mother of a family of people that would be a thorn in the side of God’s people Israel down to our very day.
“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust” Matthew 5:44-45. God is no respecter of people, and so this side of heaven he treats them alike.
The Christian should always be conscious that salvation is a gift of God’s grace. God sees the sins that remain in His people even if they do not, and it does not change His love for them. No one should know the saying better than the Christian, ‘but for the grace of God there go I.’