And God said unto him (Jacob), I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins (Genesis 35:11)
God reveals Himself by many names throughout the scriptures for the purpose of expressing a quality of His character that is vital for us to know. One such name of God is "El Shaddai" the "All-Sufficient One". This is the name that reminds us that God is the creator and owner the whole world and is able to supply our every need. Most references to El Shaddai in the Old Testament are a reference to God making a provision and blessing.
One example of God’s ability to provide supernaturally is in reference to the miracle where Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed 5000 men (excluding women and children), as told in all four of the Gospels (Matthew 14:13-21). In the reading of this miracle, we note that the disciples felt overwhelmed about the expectation of how to feed such a large number of people in a remote location. Indeed, we see that God's sufficiency is made evident in our own insufficiency. Feeding such a large crowd with five loaves and two fish is not too difficult for the All-sufficient God. Therefore, whatever trial and circumstance, whatever personality or problem confronts us, it is not too difficult for Him. He created all things and by Him, all things are sustained.
As we journey through the year, let hope, confident assurance and joy fill our hearts as we remember the words of Jeremiah 32:17: Ah, Lord GOD (El)! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. This is our month of abundant supply.
Pastors Marcus & Norah Chilaka