What’s In A Name? Everything! (4)

“I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites…Peace! Do not be afraid.”    Judges 6:16, 23 NIV

The name Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord our peace, was discovered by Gideon when God told him to lead Israel against the Midianites–a position he felt was far beyond his capacity (See v.24).  “How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest…and I am the least in my family” (v.15 NIV).  Here’s how the Lord responded: “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites…Peace!  Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”  A frightened Gideon believed God and before the battle was even fought or the victory won, by faith he saw the peace already secured. So he built an altar to Jehovah-Shalom, “the Lord is peace!”

We often assume we’ll only have peace when our situation changes.  Then like Gideon we learn that inward peace doesn’t depend on altering our outward circumstances; it depends on believing God is with you and experiencing His inner peace. Jesus promises: “Peace I leave with you; my peace [inner, faith-based] I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives [outward, circumstantial]. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV).  However inadequate you may feel to face the challenges today, remember Christ’s words: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace…take heart!  I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV). Notice: Your job is to “take heart,” and trust Jehovah-Shalom to handle the rest!


This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today