Violet Schoonmaker testified, “I had prayed about a certain matter of great importance to me. God had given me some definite promises concerning it, and, on several occasions, had filled my soul with singing in anticipation that it would come to pass.
The time drew near for the answer, and new circumstances arose that made it impossible. I began to waver and fear, that, according to James 1:6 and 7, I could now receive nothing from the Lord. I cried out, ‘Lord, I am wavering again, just as I always do when my faith is tried. Now I can receive nothing from You. Forgive me, Lord.’
The enemy whispered, ‘A lot of good your praying, singing, and tears have been! You have spoiled everything by your unbelief. God can do nothing for you now.’
Then God, in His infinite faithfulness, whispered to me, ‘Violet, I keep My promises, not because of your faithfulness, but because of My own.’
‘Oh, do you, Lord?’ I cried. ‘I know You are faithful. You cannot lie, and You will answer my prayer.’
The faith for obtaining sprang up in my heart, and within one week the impossible thing was done. How faithful is our God! Instead of condemning me for unbelief, He spoke the word that produced faith in my heart, and is not this the way faith comes, by hearing the word of God?” 1
One of the names for God is El Shaddai. The focus of this name is on the power of God. He said to Moses,
“I am the Lord [Yahweh]. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty [El Shaddai], but by My name the Lord [Yahweh] I was not known to them” (Exodus 6:2 – 3).
This tells us that the name God Almighty is associated with His promises. God makes promises, and He is mighty and strong enough to perform and accomplish all He has said He will do. 2
“The title-deed of Heaven is not written in the sand, but in eternal brass.” 3
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- Adult Teacher Supplement, First Quarter, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, 1965, p. 49
- R. C. Sproul, Before the Face of God, Ligonier Ministries, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 49516, Copyright 1993, p. 78
- C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume One, Psalm I to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 152