For Every Need

Background Story: God called a man named Abram to follow Him into a new life in Genesis 12. By faith, Abram takes his wife and all his possessions and leaves the security of what he knows for the unknown of what God is calling him to do.

Read Genesis 17: 1-9

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

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.”

Big Idea: God is more than enough to meet all my needs.

Throughout the Bible, God has many names that describe who He is. One of my favorite names of God first appears in Genesis 17:1 which is El Shaddai translated as, “Almighty.” One meaning of El Shaddai is the relationship of a newborn baby to their mom. Just like a newborn’s very existence is dependent on the mom meeting the needs of her baby, God is capable and strong enough to meet every physical and emotional need we have.

We see the word El Shaddai again in Psalm 91:1-2 and 14-15.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. Psalm 91:14-15

In all of these passages today, we see a two-way agreement. God says He will be a refuge, a fortress, a deliverer, a rescuer, and bless you with a future. In turn, we are to dwell with Him, love Him, walk with Him, obey Him, and follow Him. God is more than enough to carry you and meet your need for love, acceptance, strength, and purpose. Like a newborn baby, our response is to rest in Him, rely on Him, turn to Him, and seek Him for all of our needs. Today, bring Him your heart fresh today in prayer. God loves you and is calling you into an authentic relationship with Him.

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