“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.” (Genesis 17:1)
After thirteen years of silence, God appeared to Abraham and said, “I AM God Almighty.” In Hebrew, the name was “El-Shaddai,” which essentially meant “the God who is sufficient” and was used to emphasize His infinite power. It was the first time God had been called by this name in scripture.
How mighty was He? What could He do? The “proof” of Abraham’s faith and Sarah’s faith was just a year away. They had been waiting for 24 years. In the very next chapter God again promised the son and fixed the time for his arrival. The angel said to Sarah and Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” (Genesis 18:14)
This was an excellent question to ask. “Is anything too hard for God?” The answer was and is, of course, no! He is El-Shaddai, Almighty God.
If we are going to live by faith and receive the precious promises of God, then we are going to have to ask and answer the same question… “Is there anything too hard for God?” If you do not take the time to work through this issue, then it becomes impossible to move forward in faith.
A children’s catechism class was learning the Apostles’ Creed. Each child had been assigned a sentence to repeat. The first one said, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” The second child said, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son…” When he had completed his sentence, there was an embarrassing silence. Finally, one child piped up, “Teacher, the boy who believes in the Holy Spirit isn’t here.” Oooops!
Abraham, the “Father of many nations“, had finally shown himself a true believer. God needed a man to believe He was El-Shaddai, God Almighty. Now Abraham was finally at the point in his life where he could believe and receive this fresh revelation of God. Maybe there was an angel in heaven who shouted, “Father, the man you called out of Ur is finally here and ready to fully believe.” God wants to give you a fresh revelation of Himself. The only question is … Are you ready to receive it? Are you at the place in your life where you can grasp and go with God’s revelation without forgetting and losing that precious revelation? A lot of people say with their lips they want to do something great and grand for the Lord. I hear it all the time. If you and I were ready, we would be receiving God’s revelation of Himself. The time has come where we desperately need to empty ourselves of everything in our lives not of the Lord, so that we might receive the full revelation of the Lord. Nothing is impossible with the Lord. We simply have to show up and believe.