The last few weeks, I have been sharing thoughts from the book study my Sunday School class has been doing together.
We have been studying the book by Kay Arthur called Lord, I Want to Know You. However, I also co-taught a series on the names of God in my previous church, and I had used many books when I put together those lessons. Therefore, when I make the worksheets for my Sunday School class, I use all of those books for the notes and not just Kay Arthur’s book.
Here is a list of the posts I have already written in this series:
- Names of God (List of books I used to study for this series)
- Elohim, The Creator God (free printables)
- El Elyon, The God Most High (free printables)
- El-Roi, The God Who Sees (free printables)
This week’s name of God is El Shaddai.
This name has the meaning, “The All-Sufficient One” or “Almighty God.”
We first see this name in Genesis 17:1.
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.
Here God comes to Abram and makes a covenant with Abram that he will be a father of many nations with his wife Sarai. His name of Himself as the Almighty God is very important as Sarai is past the childbearing years. They have no children yet. However, God is Almighty. He will do the impossible and give a son to Abraham and Sarah.
El means God. Shaddai is translated “Almighty” and is used 48 times in the Old Testament. Thirty-one of those times are in Job.
“Shad” means breast and occurs 24 times. As a mother who nursed her children, I understand this picture completely. There is nothing like holding a defenseless baby that cannot survice without it’s mother’s milk. This name pictures God’s fullness or bounty, His tenderness, His desire to nurture us and make us fruitful.
When I think of this name, I often think of Amy Grant’s song that starts off with the words, ” El shaddai, el shaddai, El-elyon na adonia.” The song references many of the names of God, but when we come in contact with The Almighty God, The All-Sufficient One, El Shaddai, our response should be, “We will praise and lift you high, El shaddai.”
One section that is included on the worksheet is a section called, “Understanding how knowing El Shaddai applies to our everyday lives.”
Here are three questions we should all ask ourselves to see if we are really have a full understanding of the name El Shaddai:
- Do we believe that our problems are too big for God to handle?
If we know God as our El Shaddai, then we realize that God is all-powerful! (Rom. 16:25, 2 Cor. 9:8)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37
- Are we trying to do things in our own strength? Do we doubt that we can do what He has called us to do?
God is all-sufficient! He is enough. He is more than enough!
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
- Do we forget to live abundant lives?
God is the all-bountiful One!
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Ephesians 1:18-19
You can go HERE to print out the worksheet and go HERE to print out the graphic for the name “El Shaddai.”
The thoughtful topics for your posts could be related to but not limited to the following topics:
* homemaking * homeschooling * devotional or Biblical posts * Christian in nature * family/marriage * inspirational *
- Do NOT link up recipes, reviews, giveaways, diy, or crafts.
- Link up to three posts that have not been linked up to this linky previously!
- We would love it if you visited a couple other posts and left a comment or shared/pinned the post!
- If you wish, please follow Creative K Kids by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on social media.
If you link up, we would love if you put this button somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, or party page) or provide a text link so that others can also find these great posts.