Genesis 17:1 (Amplified Bible)

When Abram was ninety- nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete).

Today, we will continue in our study of the name ‘El Shaddai’, and our attention will be centred on the statement made after the Lord introduced himself as El Shaddai to Abram in Genesis 17:2 saying,“walk before me, and be thou perfect”. Evidently, the manifestation of the realities of El Shaddai to Abram was dependent on that clause in Genesis 17:2 :“walk before me, and be perfect.”

The word “walk” in the context of Genesis 17:1 in Hebrew means ‘to be conversant with something’. A question arises: what was Abram supposed to be conversant with or know thoroughly? Certainly, what God wanted Abram to know thoroughly was the revelation of the Lord as El Shaddai – the one with absolute powers to overwhelm any hindrance to the manifestation of His promise. Besides, the Lord also wanted Abram and Sarah to become thoroughly established in these realities as the reason why they will have a baby against all odds. The Moffatt’s Bible Translation captures the second half of Genesis 17:1 with these words, “live ever mindful of My presence” (Moffatt’s Translation). To put it differently, the Lord wanted Abram to live in the consciousness of the revelation of El Shaddai. God was revealing Himself by a new name; one that requires commitment, dedication and integrity.

It is important to note that at that time, Abram was confronted with two undeniable facts: his own impotence and his wife Sarah’s apparent barrenness. Interestingly, prior to the revelation of the name, El Shaddai, Abram and Sarah struggled with the promise. However, when Abram became fully persuaded about the realities of El Shaddai, he overcame all his internal struggles with doubts and questions about Sarah’s ability to conceive. (Romans 4:18).

Beloved, we can take a cue from Abram and look beyond the facts of our circumstances, when the odds are against us. Refuse to allow the facts of your circumstances make you to distrust or waiver in your confidence in El Shaddai. You can do what Abram did, as a seed of Abraham in Christ (Gal. 3:29),and much more now that we have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwelling in us(Rom.8:11).


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