Hello, My Name is ... God | Genesis 35:11
Genesis 35:11 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 come from your body.”
In our passage today, God describes himself as “God Almighty” (in Hebrew “El Shaddai”). Scholars note that this description could mean “breast,” describing how God richly nourishes his children and gives them everything they need; or it could mean “mountain,” describing the strength and majesty of God. And since parts of the body are sometimes used to describe geological formations (i.e. “the mouth of the river”), the word could provide a double meaning. God emphasizes this name by using it 48 times in Scripture to describe himself. Here’s some practical application.
- Our Father—El Shaddai—will always give us everything we need. He tenderly cares for us as a mother nursing her child.
- Our Father—El Shaddai—will give us what we need to grow. He nourishes us with rich spiritual food through his Word and life experience.
- Our Father—El Shaddai—will provide all the strength we need. He is like a majestic mountain, providing a hiding place in the storms.
- Our Father—El Shaddai—will keep us standing firm. He is like an immovable mountain that we can hold onto during the storms.
God doesn’t choose his names flippantly. He is El Shaddai. Whatever you are facing today, he is there to give you all the strength and help you need. Run to him! He will never disappoint you.
Thank you, God Almighty, for your person and your work in our lives. We run to you for strength and protection. We pray with the psalmist, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.