Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
El Shaddai through the PandemicPsalm 91
V1”He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty”
In the last 2 years, the lives of everyone across the world have been uprooted, leading to an unbeknownst future creating isolation and fear. El Shaddai, seen only in the Old Testament, is translated in English as God Almighty. In our lives, especially during the Pandemic, we forget what it truly means when we call upon God Almighty.
El Shaddai is a name or title for God; however, it also tells us of God’s nature. When we call God Almighty, we are proclaiming Him as omnipotent or all-powerful.
Why should we proclaim God as El Shaddai? The omniscient God knows He is omnipotent.
We affirm in our sinful and fickle hearts and minds that God has complete power and authority. There is no power greater than Him. When Moses wrote this psalm, he had witnessed the Almighty in a burning bush, through the plagues in Egypt, parting of the Red Sea, and on Mount Sinai. Moses’s understanding of the omnipotent nature of God humbled his heart.
When there is a storm, our goal is to find shelter— a place of security and protection. Psalms 91 describes the kind of shelter we have in God when we live a life following Him. In the comfort of our homes, we do not start fearing the stability of the structure because of our confidence in the shelter. Because God Almighty gives us a shield of protection, we do not have anything to fear, even pestilence (vs 6). In 1 John 5:4, it says “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” This faith will wipe our fears and our anxiety giving way to peace and confidence in our God. Because we know the power of God Almighty, we can have unshaken confidence in Him.
If we began our morning reading Psalms 91 in a confident declaration, how different will our day be?
Abba Father, we lift our fears and anxiety into your hands. We declare that you are our Almighty God and our protector. We understand that there is nothing for us to fear as we abide in your presence. Lord, give us faith in our times of unbelief through this pandemic.
In the name and power of Jesus, we pray. Amen
Thought for the Day
So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5
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