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Thankfulness Project: El Shaddai, God Almighty, the All-Sufficient One

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Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me. -Genesis 48:3

May the God of your father help you; may the Almighty bless you with the blessings of the heavens above, and blessings of the watery depths below… -Genesis 49:25


Almighty comes from the compound word “all-mighty”, having all might, all strength, all power, to do anything, whether actually needed and important, or merely desired for smaller reasons, because so great is the strength rippling beneath the surface. Sufficient means enough, complete, whole, everything. God has all might, all power, all strength, to be and do all we need, and beyond that, even the things we don’t need but we desire. He holds in His powerful hands all sufficiency, the fullness of everything, for every human, animal, plant, all living things.

All eyes look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. -Psalm 145:15-16

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When we are lonely or discouraged or overwhelmed with sorrow or difficulty, God is our Comforter. I have had times when there was no human to hold me, to whisper words of kindness or compassion or understanding. And I prayed and the Lord led me to Psalms of truth that spoke directly to the words my heart needed to hear. (Psalm 145, 33, 37, 46, 86, 88, 71, 91, 139, 145)

When I have lacked wisdom on how to help a friend who desperately needs godly counsel, I’m thankful I can go to God and ask, if He wishes me to be that this time, what should I say? I admit my lack, and sometimes He gives me the words to say, sometimes He tells me whom they should go to instead of me, and sometimes, He tells me to send them directly to Him, to His Word, and gives me passages to share with them. Because sometimes God wants to speak to our hearts alone, to bring confession of what is happening in our thoughts and feelings, our minds and hearts. He has often led me down this path for myself. I’ve been upset about what I think is one thing, and in pouring out my heart and asking why I’m upset, why about this? Why does this particular thing bother me so much? When I follow the trail of “whys” to the root, He reveals a false belief, a fear, a worry, that I need to hand over to Him. And when I do, He is faithful to always, always, replace it with truth. Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He is the Word who was in the beginning (John 1:1-2. I can find any truth I need, no matter what the topic or trouble or problem, in His Word and by the guiding of His Spirit. The Father is all-sufficient to help with and to have already solved every problem, forgetting no detail, though it may not always be on my timeline.

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When I have lacked the strength (physical, emotional, or mental) to get out of bed, to care for others, to bathe myself, to eat, to work, to do the things that need to be done, I have cried out to God and He has given me what I need to accomplish the day’s tasks, sometimes sending helpers in the form of friends and family to assist me.

When I have lacked the desire to live on this planet anymore for my despair and weariness were so great, I’m thankful my El Shaddai has shown me all the reasons to continue: His numerous blessings and the people in my life, the purpose He has for me, the things He desires me to accomplish, the little joys and delights that appear each day and I can take part in.

When I lack hope, or willpower, especially to resist temptation, and I ask my Father, I’m so thankful God gives me His, or redirects my thoughts to what is true, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and I refocus and repurpose. When I lack courage to do what’s right, God doesn’t always remove my fear, but I’m thankful He does remind me of the limitless power of the Almighty One who has already made a way, already carved a path for me to accomplish what He calls me to, who has defeated death, hell, sin, the enemy, for me, and leads me into victory so that my fear can take a backseat.

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When I need a friend who understands what I am too tired to explain or lack the words to say, I can pray, and I’m thankful God hears my every thought as well as my heart: every feeling I don’t know how to express. Every good memory or story I want to relive and repeat that others may tire of, He never does. Even if no one else does, I’m thankful my God delights in my delight when I see something beautiful or funny and shares the feeling with me. He does the same with my sorrows, and when I can’t find the words to express my pain, “...the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Rom. 8:26-27)

Also with this tremendous power of the Almighty should come a healthy respect from us, a holy reverence and awe of this Almighty God. Job warns us: “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (6:14). We must be careful to obey the Almighty, not take advantage of His kindness and mercy. We must give Him the honor due His great holiness. I’m thankful God is on His rightful throne and He humbles me to see Him rightly, as my Lord and Leader, as the One to whom I defer. I do not command Him; I am not all-powerful. Neither is any human. Only God should I fear: respect, revere, awe, obey highest above all others. El Shaddai is always just, always in the right, always wise, always good, all-sufficient. It is I, not Him, who is ever wrong, mistaken, or misunderstanding. (Job 8) Yet He is gracious enough to grant me His wisdom, His understanding, His loving heart to replace my own, so flawed and skewed on its own apart from Him. (Job 11:7)

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When the people in my life don’t love me rightly, when they fail or mess up or hurt me, I can take that hurt to my All-Sufficient Healer to help me forgive them, to teach me how to set godly boundaries but still love them. When I fail others, His grace is sufficient. The Perfect Father forgives me, and knowing I am forgiven by my Creator helps me forgive myself, and give myself grace, and see my worth and value, knowing I am so, so loved by the Only One whose opinion truly matters. I’m eternally thankful I am secure, always, in my Savior, the All-Sufficient One who is mighty enough to have and be all I will ever need, every day, every challenge, every joy. Every blessing is from the Almighty. Every solution, every gift, every good thing, the answers to prayers I fear to pray, every miniscule desire in my heart. Every minute of every day, El Shaddai has every single thing in His hands, waiting to give me when I need and ask. “All I have needed Thy hands have provided, great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.” “Who can stop the Lord Almighty?”

For more about this name, read: Gen. 17:1, 28:3, 43:14, Ex. 6:3, Job 5:17, 8:3-5, 11:7.

© 2021 Amanda Lorenzo

Comments

Bonney Block on June 23, 2021:

This is an excellent article about God being our all-sufficiency. I highly recommend it.

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