As I write this I am in India where we have just spent two and half days with pastors and apostolic leaders. I find this country so fascinating. Although it is still 85% Hindu, the grip of Hinduism is weakening and Christianity is growing.
India has more than 65% of its population under the age of 35. We had a show of hands at the conference and sure enough the majority were under age 35. This young population is English speaking, tech savvy and educated. The best picture of what modern India looks like is one I saw with my own eyes a couple of years a go. While our car was stopped at a red light, beside us a motorcycle pulled up. It had a young driver and two young passengers in jeans behind the driver. All three were on their phones at the red light. This is modern India.
Although most people still think of India as a poor nation that is changing. The nation of India is beginning to rise out of poverty. In the last 10 years over 300 million Indians moved out of poverty (hand to mouth living) and in to the middle class (home ownership).
We spent some time at the conference talking about God’s nature as revealed by the Hebrew name El Shaddai, which means the God of more than enough. We find this name of God first revealed to Abraham in Gen. 17:1-5
…the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty (El Shaddai); walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”…and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
This revelation was given to Abraham who passed it on to his son Isaac, who later passed it on to his son Jacob in Gen. 28:3.
May God Almighty (El Shaddai) bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.”
The Indian pastors and leaders at the conference responded to this revelation of God’s heart to bless them abundantly. They met El Shaddai…the one who will “greatly increase your numbers” and “make you fruitful”. You see God’s abundance works in every nation because it is Biblical and it can be activated when believers receive it by faith.