El Shaddai

El Shaddai; All Sufficient One, Lord Almighty

El Shaddai in the Septuagint: theou saddai – God Shaddai; pantokratôr (for Shaddai) – the Almighty

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning “breast” in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning “mountain,” suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer. (BLB.org)

The first description noted relates to God’s sufficiency. God, in three persons, sits upon the throne of eternity, and He is sufficient unto Himself, lacks nothing and needs nothing. Because of His primary personality, love, He willed everything that is and was into existence. All we have to do is look back into the Garden of Eden where He placed Adam and Eve to see His sufficiency at work in their lives. He came and walked with them every morning. They lacked nothing they needed.

Along comes the Serpent to whisper in Eve’s ear, “There is more and you want more.”

Thus began the quest for more than God’s sufficiency.

2 Corinthians 12:9a And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

If you are too weak to take a thing for yourself, then His sufficiency becomes the sustaining force which is most evident in grace revealed. Unmerited favor, grace, boundless grace.

I like to think I wake up each morning thinking (praying); “What do you have for me this day?”

My reality is more along the lines of my back hurts, I am stiff, and my mouth is dry. I deal with most of those issues before I open my bible and say “Good morning Father.” The flesh still screams I want.

One thought on “El Shaddai”

  1. I love this, Lar! “He is my strength when I am weak, He is the treasure that I seek, He is my all in all.”
    The touch of transparency at the end was important. Good message. Thx.

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