El Shaddai: God Almighty

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Shaddai, God Almighty.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is El Shaddai, God Almighty. With Him, nothing is impossible. When we seek Him for anything and everything, we can remain confident in His mighty power to deliver us, because He is El Shaddai, God Almighty.

In His mighty authority, God has already spoken into our lives who He created us to be, which was to be like Him, created in His very image. We are to be holy because He’s holy. We are made righteous through Jesus Christ. All we have to do is walk in it, act on it, and be about it. There is no problem that El Shaddai, God Almighty cannot solve. There is no situation that He cannot reverse. There is no place so low that He cannot reach. 

God, himself, spoke of His own character. He acknowledged that He is God Almighty. There is no second guessing this. There is no room for interpretation and no place for doubt. Even in those moments where we don’t feel as though His mighty hand is being effective in every detail of our lives, God said it, and that’s enough. 

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.

GENESIS 17:1 NLT

Just as God directed Abram to serve Him, we, too, are to faithfully serve the Lord and live a blameless life before Him. Does this mean we are to be perfect? There is none perfect but El Shaddai, God Almighty. However, we are to continue daily to strive to this perfection, seeking to be like Christ, God’s Son, as they are one with the Holy Spirit. We want to have the attitude and nature of El Shaddai, God Almighty and to be obedient to His instructions. God is a God of order and we must live our lives in order with God’s purpose. 

God told Abram exactly who He was, “I am El-Shaddai – ‘God Almighty.'” God has told us who He is through His promises in His Word. We don’t have to try to figure Him out. He says He is faithful, so He is faithful. He says His love is unfailing, so it is unfailing. He says He is our peace, so He is our peace. He says His joy is our strength, so there you have it! We don’t have to search for it. It’s already ours.

Scripture goes on to say,

I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.

GENESIS 17:2-5 NLT

God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. He spoke a prophetic Word over Abram’s life and then changed Him to fit the calling upon His life.

God can change our name. He has spoken over our lives and have called us to be somebody in Him. El Shaddai, God Almighty, can change our standing in life, all for His glory.

He can make us the lender, not the borrower. He can move us from being hopeless to being hopeful in His mighty work. He has already replaced our spirit of defeat and made us victorious through what Jesus Christ did on the cross. El Shaddai, God Almighty, never stops loving us and therefore provides us a course of action for choosing Him. Once we accept and believe in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, we are His.

Let’s jump down to verse 9.

Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility.

GENESIS 17:9 NLT

Because we are His, our responsibility is to obey Him. We are not to doubt His dominion and power. He has already told us who He is, El Shaddai, God Almighty! No further questions. It’s right there; the answer to all that we need. He is the source for our existence; our way out and our way through to Overwhelming Victory.

As we continue reading this passage of Scripture, which tells us how God told Abram who He was and basically said, “what I say will come to pass because I am El Shaddai, God Almighty”, let’s take a look at how Abram, now Abraham, responds. 

Then God said to Abraham, “Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah. And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.”
Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100?” he thought. “And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?” So Abraham said to God, “May Ishmael live under your special blessing!”

GENESIS 17:15-18 NLT

Not only did God change Abram’s name to Abraham, He also changed his wife’s name from Sarai to Sarah. She needed to be prepared to walk alongside her husband, as called and appointed to carry out God’s plan, for God’s glory. Now Abraham and Sarah were 100 and 90 years old at this point, respectively. Nevertheless, El Shaddai, God Almighty, told them that He would bless them with a son. Abraham would be the father of many nations and Sarah would be the mother of many nations. They would be a team working side-by-side to display the glory of God.

How did Abraham respond? He laughed to himself in disbelief.

Do we laugh at the impossible things in our life or do we trust in and believe in El Shaddai, God Almighty? Do we take God at His Word?

Abraham fell facedown. At first, it appears that He was attentive to the voice of God. But as God continued to reveal His purpose and plan for Abraham, he began to laugh in the presence of God. He had unbelief.

We must ask God to forgive us when we, too, have these moments of doubt and we fail to trust in His exceeding power. We serve a big God who can do great things. God, help our unbelief!

God reveals to us who He is. We can rely on His strength and what He is capable of, which is the whole kit and caboodle; everything, without fail. He desires for us to know that we can trust Him; so, when He does speak life and change into and over our various situations, and His will becomes our will, and our desires become His desires, we will already know beyond a shadow of a doubt that El Shaddai, God Almighty, can and will do just what He said. 

The key to believing that God is God Almighty, in any scenario we present to Him, is total trust in God.

We have to believe it! If we don’t believe it then we are limiting who He is in our lives. In this case, we have no one to blame but ourselves. We can’t laugh at the things of God and then blame Him when our doubt and our interference in the situations that we face holds up the process. God is not a liar. He only speaks truth.

El Shaddai, God Almighty, has the power to change our lives. Let us find ourselves cooperating with Him. When He makes us promises, don’t doubt! Believe!

PRAYER

El Shaddai, God Almighty, I believe the promises that You have made to me. When doubt attempts to creep in, God, help my unbelief. I never want to lose my trust in You. You provide blessings, even when I don’t deserve them. You, El Shaddai, God Almighty speak life in my dark situations and because of Your awesome power, there is light and life. You guide my every step. You, El Shaddai, God Almighty are bringing forth the impossible into my life. I may not see it all manifested on this day, but I trust in You and I will not laugh at anything You say can and will happen, because You have promised it to me. Thank You for being who You are, the keeper of my soul, with whom I find everything that I need. Alleviate my impatience and replace it with Your strength that causes me to wait patiently at all times. I will not try to take matters into my own hands; instead, I will cooperate with You.

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7 NLT

El Shaddai, God Almighty You are in control and You have the last say.

In Jesus’ name! Amen!

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE

Genesis 17:1-5, 9, 15-18

Psalm 37:7

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