Total sufficiency – El Shaddai

Serving faithfully and living blamelessly only happens when we know the One who is All-Sufficient!

Photo by shioshvili via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by shioshvili via Flickr 

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai–‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.  Genesis 17:1

I’ve been digging into the occurrences of words like ‘desire’ and ‘contentment.’  God really cares about what we want–even to the point of protecting us by saying, ‘No” when necessary.  I was sort of surprised to learn that contentment implies completeness and sufficiency.  Our only hope of sufficiency is God Himself.  He revealed Himself as El Shaddai to Abraham in Genesis 17:1.  The scholars say Shaddai is a combination of words meaning ‘who’ and ‘enough.’  Now, how cool is that?!  Our God is Enough.

Worship Him for who He is and all else falls into place.  

Godliness (aka reverence for Him) with contentment (His sufficiency) is great gain!

Published by Billie Jo

I am a thankful, awed child of God and wife to Craig, mom to Rusty and Riesa. My passion is helping others enjoy the presence of God.

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