Wednesday, May 21, 2008

El Shaddai

"Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. How could I become a father at the age of 100? he thought. And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?" Genesis 17:17
In verse one of Genesis 17,  God appeared before Abraham and told him of his name, "El Shaddai" - God Almighty who is sufficient. I pondered about the reaction of Abraham when God told him he was going to be a father. It was disbelief and not really having faith. Here we have, the God of the Universe, that had told Abraham earlier, that his name was El Shaddai, which is God Almighty who is sufficient. When I ponder this one name of God, for He has a few, I come to realized that His name tells me that He is so powerful and He is all I really need. To be sufficient, means to me that God fills me to the brim, even when I may think it is impossible! How many times I have felt like my back was against a wall, and God opened doors that I thought impossible. This chapter is about trusting in God, knowing that He can do the impossible, even though we may feel otherwise.
Question: Are you in a situation now, where it seems hopeless? Can you use this verse to build your trust in El Shaddai?