The Names of God (5)
“When Abraham was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him “I am God Almighty (El Shaddai).” Genesis 17:1
“His arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob” Genesis 49:24
In October of 2008 a 19 year old animal rights activist in America changed her name to CutoutDissection.com, as a protest against animal dissections in schools. “I normally do have to repeat my name several times when I am introducing myself to someone new,” she said. She now wants to be called Cutout for short, but her family still calls her Jennifer.
Whether her name change will influence anything remains to be seen, but El Shaddai, one of the names of God, tells us that He has power to do exactly as He wills. The name El Shaddai is translated as ‘God Almighty’ or the ‘Mighty One’, which tells us of His power over all creation.
Often in Scripture God uses a circumstance that perfectly fits the name He is revealing. The first time the name ‘El Shaddai’ is used is when God promised a son to Abraham and Sarah in their old age (see Genesis 17 verses 15 and 16). He touched Sarah so that she could have a child at great age, something that is normally quite impossible, but not so with God. He was demonstrating his great power and showing the truth of His name. He is almighty, without limit to His power.
What this teaches us is that we can approach Him confidently in prayer, knowing that He is able to “do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to His power at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20. His invitation to you is to “cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.
He has the power and the will to meet every genuine need that you have. You do need to ask Him though.