Jehovah Shalom – The Lord Our Peace
Jehovah Shalom – The Lord Our Peace
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” I Corinthians 14:33 NIV
Awake at 3:00 am, thoughts rolled around in my mind, I regretted avoiding hard conversations that should have happened. Doubled over into a fetal position, stomach in knots, my emotions tense and twisting like a wrung out rag. My mind turned in frustration with the loss of control over a staff decision made for me. I wasn’t invited into the discussion, nor did I have a say in the matter. My opinion was not considered. I felt alone, misunderstood and misrepresented. The inky blackness of the night usually soothed me to sleep but this night, the dark compounded my fears. Closing my eyes, my slumber was interrupted by images of the threatening faces of the two people that made the decision to end my position at a job I loved.
“I called out to God, Lord, I don’t understand this at all, but I trust you, I submit to you, and ask you for peace.” Soon, I fell into a deep sleep. Waking up a few hours later, I felt the presence of Jehovah Shalom, the God of peace had given temporary resolve to my problems by consoling my soul. Instead of thinking in broken sentences, I now sang for joy. As I chose to praise God before the answer, the battle was won, I was confident, purposeful, He had chosen me for a greater work.
Jehovah Shalom is the name of God that means “I am the Lord your Peace.” God called Gideon a mighty warrior during the time the Midianites attacked the Israelites. It was there God revealed Himself to Gideon in a new way, in revealing the name, Jehovah Shalom. Through the peace Gideon received, he was able to find strength to lead his armies to victory. “Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it “The Lord is Peace” (Judges 6:24). The Hebrew phrase translated “The Lord is Peace” is translated Jehovah Shalom and occurs only once in the Old Testament.
Shalom is a “harmony of relationship or a reconciliation passed upon the completion of a transaction, the payment of a debt, giving satisfaction.” The Lord is a God of peace even in the midst of overwhelming odds. When you feel as if God has abandoned you, choose to rest in the truth of what He says: He will be our peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27 NASB). “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3). “Gideon built and altar to the Lord there and named it, The Lord is Peace” (Judges 6:24). Jehovah Shalom gives peace in every situation but especially in those times when we feel lost, overlooked, weak, and inadequate. He keeps us in perfect peace when our minds are fixed on Him (See Isaiah 26:3). Choose peace, not chaos. Invite the peace of God to rule in your heart, mind and soul.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus is my peace. When I have anxiety and fear I can pray Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace …” (TLB). Thank you for reconciling me to You, Lord, for peace of mind, divine favor. Thank You, that like Gideon, you say to me, “The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior.” In Jesus name, amen.
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