Sep 20th, 2021
Name Dropping: El Shaddai
By: Michael Mayeaux
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Genesis 17:1-2 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. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants." (NLT)

When we think of God’s power, we often consider His power to create the universe, sustain life, reign eternally, etc. It’s natural to associate His power with enormous and mighty things. After all, He is God right? Yet, all the while it seems so easy to forget His power to keep one simple promise. Why can we believe in the virgin birth, the resurrection, the creation story, yet question our faith in His power when He makes a quiet promise to us?

God promised Abraham that he would have a son by his wife Sarah. Not only that, He promised that from Abraham’s lineage would come many descendants. At first glance, it’s easy to see that Abraham was almost 100 years old at the time and his wife was pushing 90. How could a couple of this age produce a child? This certainly seems to defy ‘science.’

It is important to note that God describes himself to Abraham as El-Shaddai for a specific purpose. Many theologians agree that the word Shaddai is derived from the word shad, which means ‘breast’ in Hebrew. Much like a mother nourishes her child, God nourishes, satisfies, blesses, and supplies His people with everything they need. By allowing Sarah to become pregnant, God was sustaining His promise to Abraham. He was nourishing and supplying a people who would in turn be His own. Much like the promise to Abraham, God’s power sustains, supplies and nourishes His promises to us.

Check out Psalm 91 today. Read the whole thing, it’s not too long. God’s faithful promises sustain, encourage, direct, even protect us. What promises in Psalm 91 do you need to cling to today?

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