When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to make you into a mighty nation.” - Genesis 17:1-2
What’s in a name? Comfort, instruction, and an invitation to trust what is revealed! “I am God Almighty,” said El Shaddai, the God who is enough.
This was news to Abraham, but he needed some good news at that moment. He was well aware he was ninety-nine years of age, and well past the time to be able to have “millions of descendants” (Genesis 17:6); even one would be a miracle! Yet God was telling him that he would have a child! The fact that his wife was no spring chicken herself added to his confusion. Abraham knew he had a grand opportunity to find out if God was as big and as powerful as his name! And find out he did. Abraham believed El Shaddai, and Sarah conceived! God had said that he was the nourisher, the fruitful one, the supplier, the one who satisfies—and Abraham and Sarah found it to be so.
What impossible situation are you facing? Does it seem as “dead” as Sarah’s womb, as unlikely as a ninety-nine-year-old man producing a child? El Shaddai would tell you he can make the impossible possible. “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised” (Romans 4:20-21).
God performs what he promises to perform!
For Further Study: Genesis 17:1-8
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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