God, the Almighty
Several times in recent months, we looked at the different titles we have for God. He is the Creator. He is Master. He is King. He is Lord. The adjectives include omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient and indefinite. Today, our writers include Pastor Kurt Selles*, who takes a look at God as being “El Shaddai” or God Almighty.
The origins of the Hebrew word shaddai are unknown, but most scholars believe this word means “almighty” or “most powerful.” Together with El it gives us the compound name El Shaddai, “God Almighty.” One of God’s great servants in the Bible was Abram, later named Abraham. In the Bible, God first revealed Himself as being the all-mighty to Abram.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
The name El Shaddai first occurs here in Genesis 17, where God promises to provide Abram a son and to make him into a great nation (see also Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-6). Here God also changes Abram’s name to Abraham, saying, “I have made you a father of many nations”—as surely as if it were already accomplished.
Imagine how Abram felt when he heard this promise! Later in the story, Abram even “laughed to himself” about it (17:17).
The same term, The Almighty, is found in the New Testament:
2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore “Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”
In addition, Christian author R. A. Hanes** said most Christians today accept the meaning of ’El Shaddai’ as being both The All-Mighty, All-Powerful and Only True God, and the One who has further, finally, and completely revealed Himself in the New Testament and in the Lord Jesus Christ to be All-in-All:
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
The message of this story is simple: Nothing is impossible for El Shaddai, “God Almighty.” As we continue to read the story of the Bible, we see that from Abram comes Isaac, then Jacob, then the people of Israel, then Jesus the Savior, and from Abraham’s spiritual descendants through Jesus comes the church (Romans 4-5), which today spans the globe and includes every tribe and tongue. Truly, nothing is impossible for El Shaddai!
Knowing God Almighty, what big changes can we expect in our lives? Nothing is impossible with God!
*Devotional message compiled by Jim Huber, with commentary from “El Shaddai: God Almighty”, by Pastor Kurt Selles; Today; Refresh, Refocus, Renew; www.today.reframemedia.com; May 5, 2014 and from
** Mr. R. A. Hanes, www.el-shaddai.org/whatdoesitmean.asp