“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty [El-Shaddai].” Psalm 91:1
As Monday approaches, does anxiety fill your heart? When the alarm clock blares the beginning of another day with all its irritations and demands, do you long to escape reality? Has the fulfillment you once experienced in your chosen career long vanished? Do you find yourself pleading with God to open up other opportunities for employment or new life experiences?
Instead of focusing on our dissatisfaction, we can chose to focus on Scriptures revealing our Father to us as El-Shaddai: the all–sufficient One, just as God revealed himself to Abraham in Genesis 17:1: “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty [El-Shaddai].’”
Abraham longed for God to grant his desire for a son. Yet, God wanted Himself to be the deepest longing of Abraham’s heart. Eventually, Abraham realized that seeking fulfillment — even for God-given desires — in anything besides God leads to disappointment.
When Abraham pursued God above all else as his all-sufficient one, he learned God is capable of meeting any need he suffered. As we follow his example, we will recognize God is capable of meeting our needs as well. Even the need for satisfaction in the areas of our lives in which we’re experiencing burnout.
As we pursue God, He will enable us to replace our dread with praise. And when Monday draws near, we will be able to thank Him for the opportunity to carry out our responsibilities in His self-sufficiency.
Dear Lord, help us today to rest in You as El-Shaddai, our all–sufficient one. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read the account of Abraham’s encounter with God in Genesis 17. Ask God to reveal Himself to you as God Almighty (El-Shaddai).