El Shaddai

Devotion Text

Genesis 28:3

May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.

In Isaac’s prayer of blessing for Jacob, he addressed the heavenly Father as “God Almighty” (in the Hebrew “El Shaddai”). According to the Bible Knowledge Commentary, scholars suggest that “shaddai” means breast or mountain or both. Some words used for parts of the body were also used to describe geological formations. Understanding this word with its double meaning provides a powerful description of God.

First, as a mother nourishes her child, so God richly supplies all that we need. His “food” enables us to grow and stand strong. With Him, we are always spiritually satisfied. Second, God’s strength is like a majestic mountain. He is powerful, immovable and unshakable.

If you are spiritually hungry . . . if your world feels like it is coming apart . . . if you are running on empty . . . if your foundation is quaking underneath your feet . . . then call on El Shaddai. He will meet your deepest need . . . not only for today but for all eternity.

 El Shaddai, some reading this today desperately need to be encouraged. They are spiritually depleted and need to be nourished. Their lives have been shaken, and they need to move to higher ground. Oh, El Shaddai, give them your strength and show them your power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



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