Summary: A message on the name El Shaddai - the God Who Satisfies.
Hello I Love You
El Shaddai – Gen. 17
Intro: This weekend 40+ men from WHFBC went to PK. Upon arriving, our men set out to find seats and I stayed at the entrance for the drivers. While waiting, I suddenly noticed a blur moving rapidly and uncomfortably toward me. Un-nerved this guy yelled in my face – longtime no see… how are you doing? Before I got my bearings I said great and you? Unaware of his name – his face was familiar. It was a friend I had lost contact w/ prior to moving to WH.
Trans: I have a confession. When it comes to names, I have a mind like a steel trap. Problem is… I have a difficult time getting the trap open once it has shut. I struggle to remember the names of people who once were acquaintances but are no longer apart of my every day life. I recognize faces, but names often escape me. But for those I have known well, I never forget their names.
Insert: This problem was never more on display than the time Steve Escue he pulled a joke on me. Back when Steve had his barbecue restaurant, I went in for a bite. I had told Steve I was coming in and he had one of his buddies, who I didn’t know, act like he knew me from Jackson, MS. Talk about on the spot and befuddled – I didn’t know his name or his face – it didn’t ring a bell.
Trans: As I thought about these incidences and this series, I thought about how we at times respond when God suddenly shows up into our lives. We’re stunned, uncomfortable, grasping for the name of the One who has invaded our space. Who is this God crowding my life in an attempt to re-connect w/ me?
Trans: In this series God has suddenly burst thru the gates and in a blur has invaded my space, yelling – Remember me? I’m the God you’ve been looking for!
Trans: We’ve been introduced to Elohim, Adonai, and El Elyon – today El Shaddai.
Trans: The name El Shaddai is familiar to most Christian made popular by the song that we just heard. But what does it mean and how is relevant to us?
Insert: God introduces Himself as El Shaddai 48 (x) in the O.T. The first time is in Gen. 17 w/ Abe, but the most predominant use of the name is found in Job.
Name: El – (God) – mighty and powerful and shad – (breast) – the nurturing relationship a mother has w/ her infant child that she nourishes and satisfies. El Shaddai means the One mighty to nourish and satisfy.
Insert: What will it take to make you truly happy? What will it take to alleviate the anxiety you feel? Who or what will bring contentment to your life?
Note: I ask this question for two reasons. First, b/c it is amazing to what lengths a person will go to find adventure and satisfaction – only to sip it and then crave even more. 2nd, it is amazing to what lengths a person will sink in desperation once they reach the summit and realize that it is not enough nor ever will be.
Story: Just last week while in L.A. a crowd gathered and a street was shut down as a young lady threatened to jump to her death b/c of the void she had in her soul that couldn’t be quenched by the things of this world.