El Shaddai: God Almighty

We are in the midst of a sermon series titled “Those Who Know Your Name”, which is taken from Psalm 9:10, “Those who know your name will put their trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” When we know who God is, we trust him and desire to seek him more. For the month of January we will be looking together at the names and titles of God, so that our faith in him might grow and we might seek him more.

Abram had been given a promise: A great nation coming from him, descendents as numerous as the stars, a blessing to the nations. Abram and his wife Sarai were old, way past child-rearing years. And then some time passed, roughly a decade. And maybe Abram was in a bit of a slump. They had tried to make God’s promise happen on their own. Then God showed up and told them a name they had never heard before: El Shaddai, God Almighty. And he told Abram that he still intended to keep his promise. El Shaddai even game Abram and Sarai new names, Abraham and Sarah. And a year later he had fulfilled the promise of a child. And that name was passed on to their son Isaac, and to his son Jacob, and to Joseph. The almighty, powerful, covenant keeping God who does the impossible.

Revelation tells us that it is El Shaddai whom believers will praise.

For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”