The story is told of a very wealthy man who was asked the question regarding his money, “How much is enough?”
“Just a little bit more,” was his reply.
Our culture is replete with messages trying to convince us that we can never have enough…never enough money, fame, food, control, love….never enough. You don’t believe me? Turn on the television or open a magazine. Advertisers seek to lure us to purchase their products by trying to convince that we need more. We need something bigger, better, more expensive and the product they are selling is that “little bit more” that will bring us real happiness.
Let’s delve into one of God’s names that speaks of His sufficiency, His enough-ness. Whenever we hear God speaking of Himself in the Bible as ‘God Almighty’ we are hearing the Hebrew name El Shaddai. As we join Abram in Genesis 17:1-9 (NKJV) we hear the Lord proclaiming this name to the patriarch.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.”
In this passage of Scripture, the covenant that is being enacted relies almost completely upon God. No less than eight times, the Lord tells Abram something that He will do for him. The only thing God asks of Abram is to keep the covenant; walk before God and be blameless. If Abram walks in obedience, there is great blessing ahead for not only himself, but all his descendants.
Notice in this passage that God does not inquire if Abram is able to do what is being asked. Rather, God begins by proclaiming to him that He will be Abram’s sufficiency and if Abram will walk before God, He will be enabled to keep the covenant. God would be sufficient for Abram’s every need. He would be Abram’s El Shaddai.
God never calls us to walk before Him and then disappears, leaving us to map out the best path to take by ourselves. Through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, El Shaddai provides everything we need to walk the path which God is taking us.
Perhaps there is a place in your life where God is saying, “I am your El Shaddai; walk before me and be blameless. I am enough for everything that I will ask of you. Trust Me, walk before Me and see the blessing that I will bring to you.” Friend, He promises to be sufficient for anything that He allows in your life. Do you trust Him? Will you, in faith, walk before Him, believing that He is enough?
Ordering Sacred Time
Scripture Reading — Numbers 28:1-10
“Make sure that you present to me at the appointed time my food offerings. . . .” — Numbers 28:2
Today is a special day. It’s a day of worship and rest. We call it the Lord’s Day (based on Revelation 1:10) to celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. This day is set apart from the other days of the week to gather with God’s people, to thank God for the new life and rest we have in Christ, to pray and give, and to hear God’s Word to us. This gives order to our week.
Numbers 28 shows that Israel was commanded to bring a series of offerings to God. There were daily offerings. There were weekly offerings to be given on the Sabbath. Then there were monthly and yearly offerings associated with festivals. Israel’s calendar was full. The people’s life was ordered by these worship activities so that fellowship with God would be at the center of their living. This didn’t mean God’s people could just quit ordinary life, but the ordinary was not to drown out worship.
Is worship a priority for you and your family? It can be challenging not to let the activities of life crowd out the worship of God. And it is hard to thrive spiritually when we neglect the sacred time God calls us to build into our lives. In general, our lives will get disordered when we neglect God’s design.
So worship with God’s people today! Sing, praise, and pray to the Lord. And celebrate your rest in Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus, thank you for securing our rest on this day through your resurrection. May our worship today be joyful and bring glory to you. Amen.
Why We Should Worship
By: Greg Laurie, crosswalk.com
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. – (Psalm 118:1)
Worship can turn the most miserable circumstances into a wonderful time. In the book of Acts we read of Paul and Silas, who were beaten and thrown into a cold, dark, stinking dungeon for preaching the gospel. But at midnight Paul and Silas began singing praises to God. They worshiped the Lord. As they sang, an earthquake came, and the entire prison fell apart. (Talk about bringing the house down.)
It’s wonderful when you can be lifted up through worship. I’m not talking about mind over matter; I’m talking about faith over circumstances. I’m not talking about positive thinking; I’m talking about honoring God, who is still on the throne no matter what you’re going through.
God may deliver you immediately from your situation as He did with Paul and Silas. Or He may not. Sometimes when you worship the Lord, your problems don’t go away, but they don’t seem as significant. It is not because your problems have disappeared. It’s because you have reevaluated things. As you worship the Lord and think about His glory, His power, His splendor, and His love, then you see Him in perspective.
The word worship comes from an old English word that means “worthship.” We should worship God because He is worthy. No matter what we’re going through, no matter what our circumstances may be, God merits our worship. The Bible says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). We worship God in spite of our circumstances, in spite of what we’re going through, because God merits and deserves our worship. And He is always worthy of our worship.
God made us to worship Him. God made us to bring Him pleasure. And God is pleased when we worship Him with a proper heart.
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Good cheer for the New Year
By: Charles Spurgeon
‘The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.’ Deuteronomy 11:12
Suggested Further Reading: Job 23:1–17
Imagine that you and I have to live all the year without the eyes of God upon us, not finding a moment from the beginning of the year to the end of the year in which we perceive the Lord to be caring for us or to be waiting to be gracious to us. Imagine that there is none to whom we may appeal beyond our own fellow creatures for help. O miserable supposition! We have come to the opening of the year, and we have to get through it somehow, we must stumble through January, go muddling through the winter, groaning through the spring, sweating through the summer, fainting through the autumn, and grovelling on to another Christmas, and no God to help us. But I will suppose this in the case of you sinners. You know you have been living for twenty, or thirty, or forty years without God, without prayer, without trust, without hope, yet I should not wonder that if I were solemnly to tell you that God would not let you pray during the next year, and would not help you if you did pray, I should not wonder if you were greatly startled at it. Though I believe that the Lord will hear you from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, though I believe that he will watch over you and bless you if you seek him, yet I fear that the most of you are despising his care, living without fellowship with him; and so you are without God, without Christ, without hope, and will be so from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
For meditation: This was Spurgeon’s position before his conversion on 6 January 1850. If you are not yet a Christian, this will remain your position until you are converted. But if you never are converted, this is what your condition will be throughout eternity—only it will be infinitely worse—for ever without hope and without God (Ephesians 2:12).