God told seventy-five-year-old Abram that he and his wife, Sarai, would at last become parents. Eleven years later, with the nursery still empty, Abram and Sarai decided to “help” God keep his promise by fathering a son with Sarai’s servant girl Hagar. God, however, had other plans.

God appeared to Abram, revealing Himself by a new name: “I am El Shaddai,” God Almighty. In Hebrew, the name conveys the ideas of majestic strength and being able to supply abundantly. God was reminding Abram of His limitless ability. He didn’t need Abram’s “help” in carrying out His will. He is powerful enough to do anything—even give Abram and Sarai a child in their old age. Nothing is too hard for the Lord (Genesis 18:14). Within the year, Isaac, the son of the promise, was born.

Because our God is almighty, there is nothing He can’t do. No problem is too big. No concern is too small. God never gets weary from carrying our burdens (Matthew 11:28).

What impossible situation in your life needs the Almighty?


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