“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Gen. 17:1).
When the Lord God revealed Himself to Abraham in Genesis 17:1, He used the Hebrew name El Shaddai, which the King James Version translates as “Almighty God.”
El Shaddai is one of seven covenant names through which God revealed Himself to Israel. In Hebrew, El Shaddai means “the All-Sufficient One,” or “the God Who is more than enough.”
He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He said to Abraham, “Thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance” (Gen. 15:13–14).
Four hundred thirty years went by. God came on the scene and spoke to Moses—His chosen one to led the children of Israel out of Egypt. But as they were leaving, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. He went after the Israelites with his soldiers, intending to recapture them and make them his slaves again.
God can do this because He is El Shaddai — the God Who is more than enough!
Miracle After Miracle
The children of Israel stood on the shore of the Red Sea crying, “What are we going to do?” The Egyptians were behind them, and the Red Sea was before them. On one side of them was wilderness, and on the other side were mountains.
The God Who is more than enough spoke to Moses and said, “Stretch forth thy rod.” When Moses did so, the waters of the Red Sea parted long enough for the Israelites to cross on dry ground. They were delivered!
When the Egyptian army attempted to follow, they drowned in the depths of the sea. One modern preacher wrote, “That wasn’t much of a miracle. The water was only ankle deep at the place they crossed.”
When I read that, I thought, “Dear Lord! That poor simpleton thinks an entire army drowned in ankle-deep water! It would have been a greater miracle for so many to drown in so little water!”
The issue is not that they drowned in ankle-deep water; the point is that God divided the waters, and Israel crossed over on dry land. It happened just as the Bible says. God divided the Red Sea.
When the children of Israel arrived safely on the other side, the women got out their musical instruments and began to sing and dance. The song the Spirit of God gave them said, “The depths were congealed in the heart of the sea” (Exod. 15:8).
“Congealed” water is frozen water. God made the water stand up on both sides like a wall. He froze it. The Israelites walked across the sea on dry ground. The Word was spoken, and the water came together again. God is more than enough!
When Time Stood Still
Once the children of Israel had reached Canaan’s land, they ran into other difficulties. One day as they were fighting a crucial battle against their enemies, it started to get dark. If night fell, they might lose the battle. Joshua, their leader, prayed that the sun and moon would stand still in the sky (Joshua 10:13).
God stopped the entire universe because a man prayed! God can do that because He is the Almighty God—the All-Sufficient One—the God Who is more than enough!
God Is Unlimited
Throughout the Old Testament, we see El Shaddai reveal Himself in the lives of men and women: leaders, prophets, priests, and kings.
We see Elijah praying on Mount Carmel and the fire of God falling from Heaven to consume the sacrifice. The prophets of Baal were defeated (1 Kings 18:17–40).
We read about David’s mighty men of war and think we are reading the exploits of supermen. Although they did extraordinary feats, they were not wounded or killed. They overcame their enemies because the power of God was upon them. He is El Shaddai, even in the midst of war!
Jesus Reveals the Father
Coming over to the New Testament, we see Jesus appear on the scene and declare, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Jesus told the Jews, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou are not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:56–58).
God had revealed Himself to Moses in the Old Testament as the great God I AM. Jesus was trying to tell the Jews, “I am that God. You are looking at God right now.” The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated in His earth walk that He was the great God I AM. He is more than enough!
We see Jesus attending a wedding with His mother in Cana of Galilee. Mary told Him the hosts had run out of wine, and she instructed the servants, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5).
Jesus told them to fill the water pots with water and carry them to the governor of the feast. By the time they got there, the water had been turned into wine. The governor exclaimed, “You’ve saved the best till last!” God is more than enough!
God Has Not Changed
So often we want to relegate everything to the past. We say, “Oh, it was wonderful way back when. God could do mighty things back in those days.”
Or we want to skip over the present and talk about what it will be like when we get to Heaven. “Someday it’ll all be over.” “One of these days, we will leave this vale of tears. Here we wander like a beggar through the heat and cold.”
Things can be different now if we will believe God. Things will be different here if we will trust Him. He is the God Who is—not was or will be, but IS!
God is the All-Sufficient One. He is not just the God of yesterday; He is the God of now. He didn’t say, “I was El Shaddai” or, “Someday I will be the God Who is more than enough.” No, He said, “I AM”—I am El Shaddai.
Thank God, He is the Almighty God. He is the All-Sufficient One. He is the God Who is more than enough!
Faith in Action
Seven Things God Wants to Do for You
In Psalm 91, God said He would do seven things for those who set their love upon Him. He promises to:
1) Deliver you
2) Set you on high
3) Answer you when you call on Him
4) Be with you in trouble and deliver you
5) Honor you
6) Satisfy you with long life
7) Show you His salvation
Kenneth E. Hagin
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