In studying the life of Sarah, not only did I look at the name of God “El Roi”, but I also did a brief study on the name of El Shaddai.
And after watching the third debate last night the debate between Clinton and Trump, I am so glad that I have El Shaddai as my God.
El Shaddai means, “Almighty God” and “All-Sufficient God”. The same God that appears to Abraham and tells him that He will make of him a great nation when he is 99 years old and has a barren wife and then fulfills that promise showing that He is Almighty and All-Sufficient, is the same Almighty, All-Sufficient God today.
Neither candidate makes me excited to vote, but I do know that my God can take care of me no matter what comes of the election. Look at what some commentators have said about the name El Shaddai:
When God revealed himself by this name to the patriarchs in Genesis he focused on his power, revealing himself as the God who makes and keeps his promises. It was a name that demanded faith in what was coming but not yet; the God behind the promise was sufficient for now, even if the fulfillment of the promises could not be seen… God makes promises, and God is mighty to perform them. God is strong enough to accomplish everything He has said He will do. He has the power to fulfil every promise He has made to His people. Isn’t this where our faith tends to fail? (Sproul, R. Vol. 3: Before the Face of God)
I know my God will never leave me nor forsake me. I know that “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” God can control the heart of whatever person is the next President of the United States, if He so desires. God’s promises are still good today. He is All-Sufficient, and I can trust Him.
“The Almighty” [ho pantokrator] is derived from ho panton kraton which means the One Who holds all. Krateo which means to hold or cling to is derived from kratos and gives the picture of being in the grip of Him in Whose hand are all things. God is the Almighty One, the One Who has His hand in everything and on everything! If believers are in the hands of a God like that (and they are), nothing can pluck them away. –Tony Garland
As our country turns away from principles in God’s Word, I can know that no matter how bad things are that God always holds me in the palm of His hand. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29
“El” is the name of God that speaks of power; but what does “Shaddai” mean? Scholars do not agree. Some say it comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to be strong”; others prefer a word meaning “mountain” (Ed note: sadu) or “breast (shad).” Metaphorically, a mountain is a “breast” that rises up from the plain; and certainly a mountain is a symbol of strength. If we combine these several ideas, we might say that “El Shaddai” is the name of “the all-powerful and all-sufficient God who can do anything and meet any need.” — Warren Wiersbe
God can do anything. he can meet my needs. He does not need a President of our country to help Him. I understand the Lord’s hand of blessing may be removed from our country as we have turned away from Him; however, His hand does not have to be off of my life. He is my all-sufficient One; He can meet my needs. My hope is not in politics. My hope is in God!
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
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