“I am Almighty God; walk before me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1)
One day the Lord appeared to Abraham 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”.
In the Hebrew language, the word El Shaddai provides the meaning “I am Almighty God.” “El” gives the meaning ‘Almighty’ and “Shaddai” means “One who has the chest like that of the mother.” There is a God who loves you. He is not far away from you but He is very near to you with the fondling love of the mother. He feeds all those who love Him. He provides everything needed for life. He is prepared to give His life too.
If the word “El Shaddai” is to be properly explained, it could be said that “He is our loving mother and also our strong father.” How great are the characteristics of a mother? Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.” To what a great extent a mother may love her child whom she carried in her womb for ten months and nurtured the same with all love and affection! God says that even such a mother may forget the child but He will not.
Do you know another characteristic which the mother possesses? It is comforting, embracing and caring the child. God says, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13). How comfortable it is for the child when the mother cares the child placing it on her lap! It will forget all the worries and sleep peacefully on the mother’s lap. Isaiah says, “O Lord, I will praise you; …. and you comfort me” (Isaiah 12:1). You can notice God again saying “You will be comforted” in Ezekiel 14:22.
He not only acts like our mother but also as a father; a strong father. Deuteronomy 1:31 says, “And in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place” (Deuteronomy 1:31).
Dear children of God, He will carry you day after day. He will shoulder your burdens. He will carry your worries and distress of your heart. Above all, He carries you aloft.
To meditate: “As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him and there was no foreign god with him” (Deuteronomy 32:11, 12).