In Genesis 17 we see the nameof God, El Shaddai for the firsttime.God gave Abram a condition and a promise. Godcalled him to leave his country (Ur) and go to a landwhich He would show him. This took a "leap offaith" to obey. Faith is always based on truth andAbram responded yes he would go because hebelieved the truth of Gods promise.
Ge 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, And theone who curses you I will curse. And in you all thefamilies (Jew and Gentile) of the earth shall beblessed.Genesis 15-God promised Abram an heir. Gen 15:5 (God) took him outside and said, "Nowlook toward the heavens, and count the stars, ifyou are able to count them." And He said to him,"So shall your descendants be."Gen 15:6 Then he believed in the LORD; and Hereckoned it to him as righteousness.
God Almighty or "God All Sufficient."48 times in the OT, 31 times in Job. First used in Gen.17:1, 2. (Gen. 31:29, 49:24, 25; Prov. 3:27; Micah 2:1;Isa. 60:15, 16, 66:10-13; Ruth 1:20, 21) In Rev. 16:7,means "Lord God-- the Almighty."The Greek meaning "all-sufficient" or"self-sufficient.“
Almighty,most powerful.Lord God-- the Almighty.All Sufficient One El Shaddai
Abram proceeds to suggest that Eliezer wouldbe the heir but immediately God confirms thatthe heir will be his own seed...And He took him outside and said, "Now looktoward the heavens, and count the stars, if youare able to count them." And He said to him, "Soshall your descendants be"Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckonedit to him as righteousness.
On that day the LORD made a covenant withAbram, saying, "To your descendants I havegiven this land...“...because He is El Shaddai, God Almighty. (Gen15:18)
El ShaddaiRemember that one way to get to knowGod better is to pay attention to Hisnames. However, it is one thing toknow God’s name and quite somethingelse to trust that name and allow Godto work in the difficult situations of life.
El Shaddai = God AlmightyThe ever-present God who protects& provides. The God who nourishes andprovides, who sustains and enables.“The God of the mountain”(strength, stability) or “God mydestroyer” (power against theenemy).
God was going to tell His friend,Abraham that Sarah would have ason.The Lord wanted Abraham toknow that He is the God who is all-sufficient and all-powerful, andthat nothing is too hard for Him.
After Abraham’s battle with the four kings, Godcame to him as a warrior and told him He was his“shield.”When Abraham wondered about his refusal ofSodom’s wealth, God told him He was his“exceedingly great reward” (Ge 15:1). Now when Abraham and Sarah were “as good asdead,” God assured them that He was more thansufficient to bring about the miracle birth. Godcomes to us in the ways we need Him most.
If you want to know what greatthings the Lord can do as theLord God Almighty, be separatefrom the world and in tune withGod.
"El-Shaddai," God all-sufficient, the Godwho nurtures and provides. We will neverknow the utmost power of God forsupplying all our needs until we have cutconnection once for all with everythingthat is not according to His mind.It was grand of Abraham when he said to the king of Sodom, "I will not take fromyou"—a Babylonian garment or a wedge of gold? No, no. He said, "I will not takefrom a thread even to a shoelatchet” (Ge 14:23). That was a clear-cut separation.The man of God will have nothing to do with Sodom or with false doctrine. If you seeanything that is evil, cut yourself off from it. Be done with those who are done withtruth. Then you will be prepared to receive the promise, and not until then.(Spurgeon)
We can’t be half for God and half for ourselves.God says we can’t have two Masters.
As we pray, we are talking with Him Whosaid to Abraham, "I am El Shaddai; theAlmighty God.”We are talking with the same God whosaid to Jeremiah, "I am the Lord, the Godof all flesh: is there any thing too hard forme?"
We are talking to the same God who said toIsaiah, "Hast thou not known? hast thou notheard, that the everlasting God, the Lord,the Creator of the ends of the earth,fainteth not, neither is weary? there is nosearching of his understanding."
I wonder what the safest place in theworld is. A bomb shelter? A bank vault?Perhaps a prison surrounded by an army? According to Psalm 91, the safest place inthe world is a shadow. "He who dwells inthe secret place of the Most High shallabide under the shadow of the Almighty“
El Shaddai - Who Alone can empower usto walk worthy of the calling to whichwe have been called. We cannot live thissupernatural life in our strength, butGod can live it in and through us as welearn to rely on Him as our El Shaddai
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God PSALM 91He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”