“When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless,” Genesis 17:1
Twenty-five years before this, God had made a covenant with Abram that he would be a father of a multitude. (Genesis 15). But it had not come to pass yet. Abram and Sarai had had no children. Abram had begun to doubt God’s promise so much so that when Sarai suggested he have children through her servant girl, Hagar he complied and what a mess that made. (Genesis 16).
But now after twenty-five years of waiting on the promise of God, the Lord appeared to Abram again and declared to him “I am God Almighty”. Which in Hebrew is El Shaddai.
The translation for this name of God is God Almighty. We know that El means God. I found a couple of meanings for Shaddai – one is Almighty, another is mountain. When put together it most commonly means God Almighty. God is Almighty and he will do what he purposes to do. Another meaning for Shaddai is enough. Which when all of these meanings put together would mean that God Almighty is enough!
Let that sink in to you today. No matter what you are facing God Almighty is enough! No matter if you got that diagnosis that seems too big, El Shaddai, God Almighty is enough! No matter if the relationships in your life are broken, El Shaddai, God Almighty is enough! No matter if your child has gone off the rails and you don’t know how to bring them back, El Shaddai, God Almighty is enough! No matter what that thing that feels like a mountain in front of you El Shaddai, God Almighty is enough.
It’s really hard sometimes to get to the end of yourself and realize that is all you have left to pray. But friends when we get to that point we have to hang onto the God Almighty who is bigger than our diagnosis, our fears, our wants, our desires, anything that is in front of us we must put in front of Him, He is still El Shaddai and He is bigger. He is enough!