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You remember Paul said in Philippians 3:10, "That I might know Him more deeply and intimately—that I may know the wonders of His Person." Are you aware that there is much more to God that you can know about?

In Revelation, you can read about the angels—the seraphim and cherubim that fly around the throne of God and are before God's face. They go around the very circumference of the throne, behold the face of God, and fly around the throne again (see Rev. 4:8).

The Scripture tells us that every time they see God's face, they say, "Holy." They go back around, see the face of God again and see something new, and they say, "Holy." Then they fly around again and see something else they haven't seen before, and they say, "Holy is the Lord!"

Man, they've been flying around that throne for billions of years, but every time they come around and see the very face of God, they see something deeper in God! They see something more intimate in God. They see something that makes them say once again, "Holy is the Lord!"

Well, some folks only get around once! They get saved, and that's about it. And even that revelation of God the Creator begins to slip from them after awhile, and they begin to wonder if their experience was real.

They begin to doubt themselves because they haven't seen the multi-faceted face of God Almighty. They haven't understood that there's a deeper understanding, even of El Shaddai, than just that He is the God of more than enough.

God Is More Than Enough
He is more than enough! Look at Genesis the seventeenth chapter.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the ALMIGHTY GOD; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
(Gen. 17:1)
The Hebrew words for "Almighty God" in this verse are El Shaddai; the Breasty One; the Superior One. But this is the first time that God reveals this to Abram.

If you recall, God first spoke to Abram when Abram was 75 years old (see Genesis 15), and Abram only knew God one way—as Elohim. He only knew God as Creator.

In fact, Genesis 17:1 is the first time recorded that God even speaks to Abram in 13 years because Abram had gotten involved with an "Ishmael." In other words, Abram tried to help God out by trying to speed up his covenant promise.

God had spoken to him concerning his lineage—about not trying to have it come to pass in his own might. But when Abram ignored God, he created Ishmael.

What happened was Abram and Sarai could not perceive how God was going to give them a child when Sarai's womb was dead (see Genesis 16). They knew God was the Creator, but they didn't understand how it was going to happen.

So Sarai told Abram to have sex with her handmaid so they could bring forth a child and help God bring about His promise.

Because you know, God needed the help, right?

Natural Law Is Firm
Before I go any further, I want to give you another definition of Elohim: the One who makes nature, who causes it to be, who preserves it; the One who establishes all natural laws.

Natural laws are the things that cause this planet to operate. The law of gravity is a natural law. That law says that what goes up is going to come down.

Even if you don't believe in that law, if you were to get on top of a building and try flapping your "wings" as you jump off, you're going to run into the natural law of gravity!

And I'll tell you what will happen: You will meet another "natural law" that says when body mass plus acceleration meets concrete, it equals hospital!

What I'm saying is this: Natural laws are inviolable. In other words, they are firm and unbreakable. After all, God is the One who made the law of gravity. God is the Creator of physics, not some scientist who simply discovered it.

Actually, scientists didn't discover squat! God made it all. God discovered it. The scientist just put a name on it and said, "I discovered it."

God is also the Maker of electricity. He is the Maker of everything we see. It was Elohim who made it all! He is the Possessor of all things. And if He's the One who made something, and He's the One who possesses it, then He can do with it whatever He wants. Nobody else gets the credit other than Elohim.

God Can Reverse Natural Law
Now let me say something else about El Shaddai. El Shaddai reserves the right to reverse natural law and to override or accelerate it for His own as He deems necessary.

Did you get that?

I said El Shaddai has the power to constrain nature, to make it do what is against itself. Now why would God reverse natural law for His own? Look at Psalm chapter eight:
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
(Ps. 8:1-5)
If you read verse five from this and other translations, you'll find that most translators really "wimped out" on the translation, because they got scared about it.

Verse five in the literal Hebrew says, "Thou hast made him a little lower than God."

God didn't make man a little lower than angels, because the Bible says we will judge angels and that angels hearken to the voice of the Word when we speak it (1 Cor. 6:3; Heb. 1:14).

God made you higher than angels. Angels will not be redeemed. There is no redemption for the angels that fell.

But when man fell, God considered him higher than Michael or any other angel. There is redemption for us! We can sing a song of salvation that the angels cannot sing. Hallelujah!

This passage in Psalm chapter eight is talking about creation. It's talking about the work of Elohim in creation. Elohim made the heavens and the earth and all that is in the earth.

He made all natural law. However, El Shaddai reserves the right to reverse, override, or speed those laws up—whatever it takes to bless His children.

It's just another example of the infinite power and glory of God that we need to be aware of.

Source: Elohim by Keith A. Butler
Excerpt permission granted by Word of Faith Publishing

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Keith Butler
Keith Butler has been an ordained minister since 1974. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds diplomas from Canada Christian College and Rhema Bible Training Center. He serves in ministry with the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, and April), Pastor MiChelle Ferguson and husband Pastor Lee (grandson Lucas), and Minister Kristina Jenkins and husband Pastor Joel (grandsons Andrew and Austin, and granddaughter Alyssa).

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