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Who is God – Day 2

Genesis 17:1

When Abram was 99 years old, The Lord appeared to him and said “I am God Almighty, walk before Me faithfully and be blameless.”

The Thought

The Hebrew word used here, which is translated God Almighty is El Shaddai. It is this name which prompted me to do this study.

In church recently, we sang the song El Shaddai sung by Amy Grant, among other christian singers, and in churches across the world. During the singing, a friend came to me, and said, “I don’t know what I am singing, we need teaching on this!”

If it is a name that God uses to describe Himself, as in this verse today, it is definitely worth looking into more. So that is why this subject has been chosen for this month.

When God used the name El Shaddai while talking to Abram, He also promised Abram (later Abraham) that he would be the father of many nations. That looked somewhat impossible at the time because he was already 99, and had been married to Sarah for many years without her conceiving.

Generations later in the first book of The Bible, Jacob used this name for God when prophesying over his son Joseph (Genesis 49:2). And in Psalm 91:1 we read Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. The Hebrew translated Almighty is “El Shaddai”.


Imagine today what it means to dwell in the shelter of the Most High. Ask yourself if you do that in the way that David and Abraham did most of the time.

Read Psalm 91 today and be confident that the Lord Almighty will protect you from harm, if you honour Him as much as you can.

Pray for an improvement in your own hearing and understanding of what God is saying in our day.

Listen to the song “El Shaddai” by Amy Grant.

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