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Today’s Truth

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, NLT)

Friend to Friend

When I breastfed my children, I knew how dependent they were on me. I also knew I could quiet them when they were fussy by feeding them. I was their sole source of nourishment.

As strange as it sounds – Scripture uses this picture of breastfeeding to illustrate how God wants to take care of us. The Hebrew word shad means “breast”—specifically a woman’s breast. It is the root word for the name of God El Shaddai. His name reveals God as the pourer of life, nourishment, and blessings. While the Hebrew word is associated with nourishment, I also want us to consider the English translation “all-sufficient.” Webster defines sufficient as “enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end.” When we say that El Shaddai is the all-sufficient One, we are believing that He is enough for us.

We have enough food, time, people, and possessions. It may not always feel like it, but our God has promised to supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). When we recognize God’s sufficiency, we can pursue greater dependency. We find El Shaddai first mentioned in Scripture in the book of Genesis.

God had promised a man named Abram that he would have many descendants. When twenty-four years went by after the promise, Abram and his wife grew impatient. Sometimes when it takes more than two weeks for a prayer to be answered, I get impatient, so we can’t judge them too harshly.

They used human logic to try to help God along. I have done that one, too. What I love about El Shaddai, our All-Sufficient One, is that He enters the scene after Abram and Sarai have tried to force fulfillment. They decided to have Abram sleep with his wife’s servant to get this promised son. As you can imagine it caused a bit of friction when the servant got pregnant.

While our decisions certainly have consequences, El Shaddai understands our weakness and doesn’t kick us to the curb when we do not wait on Him and take matters into our own hands. After we make a mess of things, God can still fulfill His promises to us.

Abram had tried things his own way, but later he fell on his face before the Lord. (Genesis 17:3-8) He didn’t justify himself. He didn’t shame God for taking too long. He got low. This was a sign of deep respect and dependency. After Abram took this posture, God began to speak. He reaffirmed His covenant and gave Abram a new name. Abram means “exalted father,” but Abraham means “father of a multitude.” Every time someone spoke his name, he was to be reminded that God had plans for his children, grandchildren, and a multitude of descendants.

God promised Abraham not just an heir but a nation that would include kings and a kingdom. Abraham couldn’t out-sin God’s grace, and neither can we. Just because you may have tried to “help” God out and may have made a mess of things in the past, God isn’t done with you.

Abram made mistakes along the way. You and I have, too. The enemy wants to convince us that God’s plan for us is beyond fixing. It isn’t true. God is our supplier. If we are still alive, then our story isn’t fully written. We can start today by leaning into God. This means that, like Abram, we get low. God’s sufficiency calls us to pursue greater dependency.

Let’s Pray

El Shaddai, You are the all-sufficient one. Help me to recognize my needs and depend on You as my provider. You are my source. Sometimes when I make mistakes, I feel like I can’t ask You for more. Help me come to You, knowing that You are the supplier of my needs.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Where is God calling you to recognize Him as all-sufficient in your life? Take a moment to identify a current need. Then thank God in advance for meeting that need.

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4 Responses to “Enough”

  1. Bernadette says:

    This brought comfort to my soul. God spoke directly to me.
    I am from Trinidad and Tobago, our National Budget was yesterday. I went to bed feeling anxious, worried and disappointed with the budget. I began to panic because I worried how I was going to afford to pay for things come the new year. I fell asleep feeling worried.
    I got up this morning and when I saw the scripture verse for today, I was in awe. God is good and He cares about everything concerning me. He is telling me that He would supply all my needs, He will meet me at the point of my needs.
    God is amazing. I am thankful that I know God.

  2. Elsa says:

    My God will supply all our needs through His riches,I live in Trinidad also but I recognize that the world is in trouble but our God is a great God so let us have a bold Faith,in El Shaddai He promised that we will not beg our 🍞bread blessing for sharing this word of encouragement

  3. Renée says:

    This was such an Encouraging word to my spirit this afternoon. For I asked the Lord for confirmation today as I sat in the New York City social services office applying for assistance. I began to pray in my heart and I wrote the prayer down to send to one of my friends for him to touch and agree in faith with me. However I asked the Lord for confirmation this morning a few minutes after I prayed. While meeting with the intake worker I received this verse in my spirit. after meeting with her (I’m still here waiting now) I opened up Girlfriends in God devotional for the first time since October and my eyes were met with the same word that has been in my spirit.
    Thank Yahweh Elohim For he heard my cry and answered me! So much love and joyful confirmation for Yahweh Elohim iis a sun and a shield he does not withhold any good thing from those who walk up rightly. Praise be to the most high God for he loves us. Thank you for sharing ❤️

  4. carol says:

    Dear Melissa,
    I save GIG msgs. and was re-reading this devotion before deleting…
    This scripture spoke to me again, this morning.
    I am so grateful for you, reminding me of Abraham’s story. How impatient we all get with our heavenly Father? We want answers “right now”. Just last night in my own pm. prayers, asked God to help me with my own impatience, and to forgive me when I rush ahead to solve whatever the problem is, on my own.
    Your posting msg. of “if we are still alive, then our story isn’t fully written”
    has encouraged me today.

    Father God, let us always rely on you for all our answers, in Your due time, Amen

    Blessings to you in your spiritual work.

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