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  • Writer's pictureAddison Crissone

El Shaddai

In my morning devotions, I have been going through the book of Job.

Job is beloved for its honest and relatable depiction of suffering- and its ultimate answer to the time-testing question, ‘Why does God allow us to suffer?’

The key word you will find throughout the book of Job in answer to this question is the word ‘Almighty’.

In the Hebrew form it is, Shaddai or El Shaddai.

This word is recorded roughly thirty-one times throughout Job, and is translated to ‘Almighty God’ and  ‘All sufficient one’.

In chapter 33, verse 4, Elihu the son of Barakel the Buzhite tells Job- 

"The Spirit of God has made me;

The Breath of the Almighty gives me


Job lost everything; he suffered material loss, his physical health, livestock, and the loss of his children. Once, he had been a wealthy man living in the lap of luxury with many possessions and servants.

But when Job saw and learned that he had lost everything, he knew he still had God. He saw that even though everything else was gone, God was still right here with him through it all.

He found El Shaddai.

His almighty God.

His all-sufficient one.

For some of us, we may never truly know or understand why God allows us to suffer; sometimes God asks us to trust him through these sufferings, whatever the reason and purpose behind them. 

But it is in these times of suffering and, perhaps, doubt, that we just may find God has our all-sufficient one- and that He is all that we need.

Because he is our El Shaddai.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

My God, in whom I trust.”

-Psalm 91: 1-2

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