Sufficient... enough... is God truly enough for us? Oftentimes we have these voids from something being absent in the natural. It can be the absence of love from a person or absence of love for self. In each situation, the thought of lack in the love department has a tendency to lead us into a downward spiral of trying to fill the void with money, drug, sex, food, work, etc. I say this from a personal experience and I know the root of it was not knowing God as El Shaddai.
Genesis 17:1 is where God introduces himself as El Shaddai, the Almighty and All-Sufficient God. He shows himself as El Shaddai when the Abrahamic Covenant is established. Abraham had just had a child with the Egyptian handmaid, Hagar. Previously, God told Abraham and his wife that they would bare a son, but Sarah, his wife, lacked faith and patience. So, she told Abraham to sleep with Hagar in hopes that this child would be the promised child. Hagar does have a son named Ishmael, but after this,the Abrahamic covenant is established showing that Ishmael was not the promised child.
The Abrahamic covenant positions Abraham to see God as the one who truly fills every need. It’s funny because a psychologist named Abraham Maslow, (ironic huh?!?!) created a hierarchy of needs that include physiological needs, Safety needs, Belongingness and love needs, Esteem needs, and Self-actualization needs. Feel free to google Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and you will see that this chart does cover most of our needs, but if you know God, those needs are already provided by him.
When you know something you’re able to use and apply it. In the same way, many of us try to fill voids because we have yet to know God as the one who fills every void. We begin to seek outward rather than upward when we feel like a need is not being met. Sarah tried to fill a void by having Abraham sleep with Hagar. God did not get mad. In fact, he reminded Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar that he is El Shaddai. After the Abrahamic covenant, God makes a covenant with Sarah about the promised child Isaac and then Hagar. After Ishmael was born, God was still loving enough to bless Ishmael with his own 12 sons and a great nation. This was similar to the 12 tribes that were later birthed through Isaac’s lineage, Abraham’s promised child.
Read Genesis 17 and pay attention to how God shows himself as El Shaddai. He provides Abraham’s every need and more. He helps Abraham walk in holiness and fills every void that he may have had. In the same way, God is available and ready to do the same for us. After reading this chapter, first take a moment to ask for forgiveness for the times that you may have not treated God like he was enough,. Ask God to reveal areas where you may be trying to fill a void and ask him to show himself as El Shaddai in your life. Make sure you write down what you hear or see because what he tells you will be what’s needed when you feel like you’re missing something. Confess who God is daily and build your faith by remembering how God was, is, and continues to be all sufficient and all mighty in your life.