There should be no doubt as to the power of God in the lives of mankind. He is all powerful, all seeing, all knowing. One word that is used in the Old Testament to describe or name the God of Heaven is the Hebrew word ‘Shadday’. This word, found 48 times, is translated as the English word ‘almighty’.
Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines this word as:
Definition of almighty
1 often capitalized : having absolute power over all, Almighty God
2 a : relatively unlimited in power, an almighty board of directors
b : having, or regarded as having, great power or importance, “the
3 informal : mighty – used as an intensive, an almighty shock.
The online Oxford dictionary definition:
al·might·y /ôlˈmīdē/ adjective
1.having complete power; omnipotent, “God almighty”
Interesting that even these worldly documents associate this word with the God of Heaven. The first use of the
Hebrew word is found in Genesis 17:1 Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.” It is found in many other places as well.
The God of Heaven is the Almighty. The word is also found 10 times in the New Testament. The Greek word for Almighty is ‘pantokrator’. It is attributed to God in 2 Corinthians 6:18 and to the Lord God 9 times in the book of Revelation.
When faced with something that is powerful, most would show proper respect for the object or person with the power. When the powerful force of a natural phenomenon, like a tornado, is known to be on its way, people take proper measures to secure their safety. When someone is attempting to cross a street, they look to see if any traffic is coming or wait for the stop light to change. These are natural reactions, due to the knowledge of the power of those situations and the known circumstances or possible outcomes.
Revelation 1:7-8 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (see also John 1:1-5)
The Lord Jesus Christ was sent by the Father and claimed to be the Almighty. He, then, is all powerful. Since we can know the power of the Lord God Almighty, may all of us then respectfully and safely be obedient to Him today and every day, as we look and long for His return. Knowing that we all will face Him to be judged for the way we have lived. (see 2 Corinthians 5:10)