Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Jehovah-Shalom ... The Lord is Peace

Today’s scripture: Judges 6:24

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I love that the Lord calls Himself by different names throughout the Bible. No matter what I’m going through, I can call God by a special name. He’s Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider. He’s Jehovah-rapha, my healer. He’s Jehovah-raah, my Shepherd.

And He’s Jehovah-Shalom, my Peace.

Gideon had asked for and received three signs from God that He would give Gideon victory over his enemies. When God brought peace to the land, Gideon built an altar.

Gideon called that altar, The-Lord-Shalom—God is peace.

Peace has not always been something that I’ve enjoyed. Oftentimes, I’ve felt anything but peace. In my many-years rebellion from God, I would try to find peace my own way—relationships, stuff, jobs—but nothing I did brought me peace.

Since I recommitted myself to the Lord over a dozen years ago, there still have been times when I haven’t felt peace. The storms have still come. The trials are just as difficult.

The difference? Now I can call on my Jehovah-Shalom. Even when I can’t get any other words out, I can cry, “Jehovah-Shalom! Be my Peace.”

And my Peace, my Lord, my God brings me the peace my heart desires.

Do you need peace? Even if you can speak no other words, cry out now to your Lord of Peace. From the deepest part of your heart, cry out, “Jehovah-Shalom! Be my Peace.”   

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