“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Gen. 17:1 KJV).
God first revealed Himself as El-Shaddai (Almighty God) to Abraham in the verse above. Abraham was going through a very difficult moment. Abraham had just had a child with his house maid, while waiting for the promise of God to be fulfilled in giving him a child. God appeared to Him as El-Shaddai to tell him to walk before Him and be blameless.
El-Shaddai is not God as the source of strength or creative power, but as the One who is able to meet all the needs of His people. Shaddai is not really about power or strength, but about grace and provision. He is able to meet every single need of His people. A newborn child needs nothing else but breast milk—no need for extra water, supplements, or calories. Breast milk is sufficient. El-Shaddai is the All-Sufficient One able to meet all of your needs. Abraham tried to meet his needs in an unacceptable way. God reminds him to depend entirely on Him. God is saying to you today that He is El-Shaddai, and you can completely rely on Him.
Think about the Lord as El-Shaddai in your life today. Can you see Him meeting every need you have? Say it to yourself: “The Lord is providing all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.”
APPLY THE WORD
Abraham had resorted to unrighteous means to fulfill God’s promises to him. If God is El-Shaddai to you, you do not need to struggle to make things work for you. Do not try to please people, do unrighteous things, or remove yourself from the way to make things work for you. He is El-Shaddai to you, able to meet your needs.
Thank the Lord for making provisions for every need that you have. Do you have a need, spiritual or physical, right now? Step out in faith and thank the Lord for making provisions for that need.
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