Our women’s group did a study this month on the names of God and it has been so impactful on my prayer life that I wanted to share one of my favorite names of God with you today- El Shaddai. This name for God appears over 40 times in the Old Testament mostly in Genesis and Job.
“When Avram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Avram, and said to him, “I am El Shaddai. Walk before Me, and be blameless.” Genesis 17:1 (Hebrew Names Version)
El Shaddai is the Hebrew name for God but you’ll see it translated as “God Almighty” in your Bible.
It means God Almighty, All Sufficient God, or God of the Mountain. “El” means God and “Shaddai” comes from the Hebrew word “shaddu” meaning mountain.
In Exodus 3, God appeared to Moses from a burning bush on a mountain, Mt. Sinai, and told him that He was sending him into an impossible situation- to tell Pharoah to let the people go. The Israelite people had been slaves in Egypt for 430 years and God told Moses to waltz in there to the leader and ask him to let the people go. To ask the Pharoah to just release hundreds of thousands of slaves. That’s crazy! But Moses did it and to make a long story short- it happened. That’s El Shaddai. That’s the God we serve. That’s not just Moses’s God, that’s OUR God!
Our God is the Almighty God! He is the one that appeared to Moses on that mountain. He is the God that declares things and makes them happen. When He says He’ll do it- He does it. That’s our God!
That’s our El Shaddai!
So if you’re facing a mountain in your life right now- cry out to the God of the Mountain. He is the Almighty One. With Him nothing is impossible.
“…’Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’” Revelation 4:8 (ESV)