Find Peace in God’s Power: Omnipotence

During his 1789 National Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, George Washington declared:...

it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God

... both Houses of Congress have … requested me to “recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer … by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God …”[1]

Similarly, in his 1863 Proclamation of an Annual Thanksgiving Day, Abraham Lincoln announced:

... these bounties ... we are prone to forget the source from which they come ... [the] providence of Almighty God[2]

Notice the repetition of “Almighty God” in both presidential proclamations of gratitude—the Scriptures reveal this name of God in the Hebrew, El Shaddai, to speak of His incommunicable attribute of “omnipotence” or all-powerfulness.

Psalm 147:7 says to Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving … especially for Gods power over nature (vss. 4-5, 15-18); verse five sings of the Lord’s “great power”.  He is amply able to give out of His abundance.[3]  Gods people should praise Him for His all-mighty ability to supply and preserve, powered by His personal love toward them.

Herbert Lockyer shares that the Hebrew root for Shaddai, shad”, sometimes means “breast”. He writes, El Shaddai … presents God as the One who nourishes, supplies, and satisfies … How sufficient a mother’s breast is to quiet and satisfy her crying, restless child!”[4]

A nursing baby can only suck—his mother holds him in her arms, directs his lips, and supplies her milk with a powerful will to nourish his growth.  So God cares for His children from His own potent parental and gracious affection.[5]  God never turns His babies away, for His milk supply never runs dry; nor does His powerful love ever tire of nurture and nourishing.

In Genesis 17:1, the first time God reveals Himself as El Shaddai, Abraham had tried himself to produce the promised child and line of salvation—and he failed; Almighty God reassures that He alone is able to do so and He alone will.  In Genesis 35:11, because God is El Shaddai He commands Jacob to be fruitful and multiply; and in 48:3ff Jacob tells Joseph to trust God’s promise of myriad progeny because the Lord is El Shaddai.  God will provide His Church covenant children because He is most able to sire, suckle, and succor you all.

Psalm 91:1 reads, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the AlmightyThe person who takes refuge under Gods enormous care receives His powerful protection.  Feel the strength in His name, El Shaddai.

Shaddai means having absolutely no weakness or limit whatsoever.  This eternal potency connotes a supreme, intense, strong, overpowering influence.  Very often we see El Shaddai used in Job (exalting God’s might over our problems and pain when we are at our weakest).  Psalm 91 speaks of “Almighty Gods” power to deliver from being hunted or infected (vss. 3, 6, 10, 14a, 15); to protect like a mother hen and a soldiers shield (vs. 4); to save from His own wrath and hellfire judgment (vss. 8-9, 16); and to conquer Satanic influence (vs. 13).  In Exodus 6:3, God told Moses He appeared as El Shaddai to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob which is repeated through the Bible to mostly relate His power to keep His promise and make them procreate and persevere—even those as good as dead”. 

You may often be afraid of broken promises due to someone’s potential inability to follow through.  But you never need worry about Gods ability to keep His promises to you—namely to raise you from the dead.  In the mean time, remember that He is more than able to do all things.[6]  Therefore, when you feel like you cant, repeat Philippians 4:13.

Do not forget that the Third Person of “Almighty God” dwells within you!  And that Spirit is of Christ Who is often spoken of in The Revelation as theAlmighty”.[7]  You need look no further than Jesus for a powerful peace that is not of this fragile world.  Face your fears and strengthen your feeble knees praying to El Shaddai and be confident in your Almighty God. 

Notice also the similarly repetitive use of “providence” in both presidential thanksgiving proclamations above.  Because God is all-powerful He is able, more than able, to provide for all your needs.  So don’t worry about tomorrow, beloved brethren.  Today, Find Peace in God’s Power![8]

Grant Van Leuven has been feeding the flock at the Puritan Evangelical Church of America in San Diego, CA, since 2010.  He and his wife, Fernanda, have five covenant children: Rachel, Olivia, Abraham, Isaac, and Gabriel (and they are expecting their sixth, Gideon Emmanuel, who is due November 10th!).  He earned his M.Div. at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA.

[3] Philippians 4:19: … my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  2 Corinthians 6:18: … [I] will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  2 Corinthians 12:9: ... My grace is sufficient for thee: Psalm 81:10: I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.  Ephesians 1:18-22: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Ephesians 3:20-21:  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

[4] Herbert Lockyer, All the Divine Names and Titles in the Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1975), 14.  He also writes,All Mighty God” could be All Sufficient God” or The All Bountiful One”, “ ... for He is exhaustless bounty” , 13.

[5] Psalm 23:2 reminds us that the Lord Who makes His sheep to eat and drink.  Jesus sends ministers to feed His lambs.  Thus He assures His Church in Isaiah 49:15: Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.  Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 2:7 of his ministry reflecting God’s strong parenting instinct to nurse cherished children.  So El Shaddai cherishes His Church with total capability as only He can and desires to bless and bestow.

[6] ... he is able even to subdue all things unto himself (Philippians 3:21).  Including you!  [Jesus] is able to succour them that are tempted (Hebrews 2:18). Hebrews 7:25 assures you that ... he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him ... And 2 Corinthians 9:8 reminds you that ... God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. Luke 1:37 and 18:27 tell us nothing is impossible for God.

[7] It is said throughout eight times; for instance: by Jesus of Himself in Revelation 1:8; by Moses of the Lamb in Revelation 15:3; by John of Jesus as the conquering King in Revelation 19:15-16; and by John of the completed temple of God and the Lamb in Revelation 21:22.

[8] To listen to the author’s sermons on El Shaddai (which he drew from for this article) as well as a number of other sermons on God’s Names, see this sermon series link:


Grant Van Leuven