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El Shaddai, God Almighty

El Shaddai, God Almighty is with you. His timing perfect. His ways beyond our creativity and strength. He walks the pages of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, generation after generation, and the Living God still walks our world today moving mountains and fulfilling promises made Millenia ago. Are you waiting for a miracle? Has a promise not been fulfilled? If so, this reading plan will strengthen your faith in El Shaddai, His power and faithfulness. Nothing is too hard for Him.

abraham and el shaddai

The first time the faithful God revealed Himself in the Scriptures as God Almighty was to a man named Abram.

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty (El Shaddai); walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Genesis 17:1-2 (addition mine)

Abram needed to know God was El Shaddai. He needed to know nothing was impossible for Him, because His promise seemed impossible at this point. It had been twenty-four years since God’s call to Abraham. He had promised to make him into a great nation, but after more than two decades, when Abraham was a year shy from living a century, he still had no son from Sarah’s womb. He had Ishmael, but that had been a mistake—not God’s plan.

I love Abram’s response to God. He fell face down and he laughed. He had finally given up trying to help God. He simply fell down and worshiped. What seems impossible to you? What have you finally given up trying to make happen? I hope this scripture will remind you that God is not done. Nothing is too big or impossible for The Almighty.

El Shaddai for Generations

What Abraham could not see was how El Shaddai would faithfully uphold His covenantal promises to the generations that flowed from his bloodline. Isaac blessed Jacob with the same blessing and promise God spoke to Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham. Jacob would be the next generation carrying the blessing, and he would experience that promise a few years later in Genesis 35.

And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.

Genesis 35:11

The verse before this promise, God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. This was such a powerful moment that Jacob set up stone pillars, poured a drink offering and oil on them and named the place Bethel. It was a glorious moment.  

But a few verses after this encounter with the Almighty, Rachel died in childbirth and Isaac died too. Can you imagine his grief? He experienced this amazing moment with God, received this powerful promise and then he lost two of his favorite people. Read verse 35:11 again. How could this promise have given Jacob comfort?

Does this give you comfort if you’ve been in a season of grief?

El Shaddai

Years after this glorious moment with El Shaddai and the grief stricken season of loss, Jacob passed the promise down to Joseph. Death could not stop what God had begun. It was not an easy road. Faith in El Shaddai does not make life easy, but it does give us hope and a future.

We must pass down to our children or the younger generations the experiences and promises we’ve had from God Almighty. I wonder if this was the first time Joseph had heard this story, or if Jacob was simply reminding him.

God’s promise to Jacob touched every generation after him.

Moses and God Almighty

The next time God revealed Himself as El Shaddai was to His servant Moses. In Exodus 6 God promised Pharaoh would let the Israelites go because of His “mighty hand.” It didn’t happen all at once. It took ten plagues and the death of the firstborn for Pharaoh to finally relent. This assignment wasn’t easy for Moses, but this was not hard for God. Nothing can stop Him. None of His purposes can be thwarted (Job 42:2).

We know the rest of Moses’ story. We know his time with the Israelites did not end with their freedom. Years in the desert, manna every day, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, El Shaddai led the way patiently until their stubborn hearts, a generation later could enter the Promise land. But His power did not end in the land of Canaan. El Shaddai’s covenant would take Him to a cross where He would defeat death.

El Shaddai

El Shaddai Defeated Death

From countless healings to the raising of a dead Lazarus to His own miraculous resurrection, El Shaddai proved His power over and over. Jesus, the image of the invisible God, demonstrated that nothing is impossible with Him. He defeated death, and He’s coming back. Read our hope in Revelation:

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”Read full chapter

Revelation 1:7-8

But before He comes back, He has given us His Spirit, and His power to those who believe. Paul talks about this mighty power, the same that rose Jesus from the dead. He prayed we’d know it. We’d experience it. And he encourages us with this command:

Be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.

Ephesians 6:10

We can’t be strong enough. We must rely on His strength. Don’t beat yourself up when you feel weak because that’s when He works His best. When we are weak, we are strong through Jesus. Like Abraham many of us need to fall on our face and laugh in surrender. Simply worship El Shaddai because nothing is too hard for Him. And nothing can strengthen our faith in Him like His Word.

Bible Reading Plan for El Shaddai

El Shaddai Bible reading plan

If you’d like the reading plan with prompts and commentary for each day, grab it here, or if you’d simply enjoy a list of scriptures to read each day, click on the printable below.

El Shaddai Scriptures

Finally, remember this admonition from John. He wrote: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one in the world” (1John 4:4). Beloved, we have overcome, we are strong because He lives in us. What struggle do you need to transfer this truth to today? Trust Him. Worship Him. Linger in these 31 scriptures and experience the power of The Almighty God in your life forever and ever amen.

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