Today we look at God as El Elyan and El Shaddai. Elyan means God Most High. The One who sits above our situation and has the power to overrule what our situation is dictating to us.
El Shaddai, God Almighty. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad, meaning “breast” in Hebrew. This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer.
Seeing God, Not the Circumstance
Four kings came and attacked Sodom. Abram’s nephew Lot was taken and along with his family. This was unacceptable.
What did Abram do about it? He took 318 men and marched out to take on 4 kings and their armies.
This was an impossible task. Abram served the Lord who is El Elyan. He is bigger than my situation. He can overcome my situation.
Abram, with 318 men, goes into battle saying, “the enemies of God do not have a chance against us.”
How do we get that confidence? How do we have the confidence that Abram had? How do we get there?
Know God and Know His People
At times we need people who are standing on the outside who can help us see God.
We need those who have been where we are and can encourage us and show us how El Elyan has helped them overcome these impossible situations.
Walking With God Effects Others
“…18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
20And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Abram’s faith touches those around him. After being blessed he gives a 10th to the priest. Why? Because the God who is bigger than his circumstance just blessed him.
Do we give God the victory? Do we thank Him when the prayer is answered? Do we praise Him when the prayer is not answered the way we wanted?
We have a choice to compromise with the enemy or follow God.
Abram had made an oath not to take a thing and he kept his oath