El Shaddai – God Almighty, The All-Sufficient One
Joshua 23:14 (NIV)
…You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
I am fairly certain that this verse resonates well in each and every one of our hearts. Indeed, even as I reflect upon my own life and as you with yours, I just can’t seem to find a time where God has promised me something that has not been fulfilled, of course with the exception of those that I am still currently waiting for. How wonderful it is to know that on top of all the things our God has promised us, the Scripture further emphasizes the fact that these promises will never return to us void and not a single one of them will be unfulfilled! Even as we delve deeper into exploring the Names of our God in this devotional series, the one I would like to talk about today is – El Shaddai, the God Who is More Than Enough.
El Shaddai essentially means God Almighty and it can be referred to as a Symbol of strength as well. The first time where God spoke of this particular Name of His was in Genesis 17:1 where He appeared to Abram and said, “I am El Shaddai – God Almighty. Walk before Me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make My covenant between Me and you…”
Notice that in this short excerpt of God’s dialogue with Abram, we are able to basically summarize how we should live so as to receive the promises we frequently hear about in the Word of God. Sometimes, people do get the order jumbled up. We have to see that faithfulness and being blameless have to come before God’s covenant with us can be established and not the other way around. Say for example, how would we know if a person would obey God’s commandment to give tithe, or 10% of his income, when God blesses him with a million-dollar salary? Well, more often than not, we know the person will if he has been tithing when he earned but a thousand dollars! Remember, God never short-changes us. When we are good stewards over little, He will entrust us with greater things.
So how does learning that our God is El Shaddai help us in our walk with Him? When you know that He is the All-Sufficient One, you will know that He is bigger than all our failures, bigger than all our past mistakes, that we can call upon El Shaddai to calm the wildest storms in our life, because even the winds and the waves have to obey Him.
Sometimes we have the feeling that God is definitely going to do a certain thing in our life but situations just do not turn out as how we would want them to and it looks like it will be a long time before there’s any significant progress. We might get a little impatient and maybe even lose hope, but the next time you experience this, think of it this way: God’s impeccable timing that may not be different from ours, is not His denial. He may very well be waiting for you to cry out to Him and say “Lord, I know I can’t do this alone, I need Your help”. God does this so that we can catch a glimpse of His sovereignty, that when deliverance or blessings arrive at our doorstep in the nick of time, we know that it is nothing but the Hand of El Shaddai, our Source of Strength, that came through for us.
Therefore, begin to call upon the Name of El Shaddai as you start your day today. We don’t have to fight, all we need to do is to trust God, bearing in mind that our obedience is of paramount importance in this equation.
“Heavenly Father, I thank You for being the El Shaddai of my life. I give thanks to You for every promise You have made to me that will never go unfulfilled but will come to pass in Your own time, so that I can be a testimony where I have been planted that shines Your light and Your love. I pray that even as I walk this journey with You, You will always be my constant Source of strength that I can depend on. And even if everything else fails or falls apart, I pray You remind me that You’re more than enough for me and that You are in control of my circumstances. May I walk with You in faith and be blameless in Your eyes even as I set my eyes on You and live in a manner that is pleasing to You. Thank You, Lord, once again for everything. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”