The Lord is your Peace.....
Knowing this name of God, not just head knowing, but experiencing this aspect of God, can be the most satisfying, unexplainable, yet incredible encounter we will have as we engage in life with our Heavenly Father.
To put this name into context, we first hear it in the book of Judges, chapter 6. The children of Israel find themselves oppressed at the hands of the Midianites. Peace is not what they are experiencing. They are hiding in caves. Anything they try to grow fir survival, the Midianites and Amalekites come against them, taking what they’ve produced, leaving Israel with nothing to sustain them.
I have no doubt that fear, frustration, depression and anxiety were some of the emotions running round the Israelites in hiding.
In the middle of this they cry out to God. I often wonder that if we learned the art of crying out to God quicker would it all look a little different. It’s usually at the end of us trying to figure stuff out that we then turn to the God of the impossible. But that is a side note.
God hears them, and he goes to find Gideon. Gideon who has his own insecurities and lack of belief as He faces God - but it is here that the Lord reveals himself as Jehovah Shalom. I am the Lord of Peace.
I love this about God. That by His word he calls things into existence. That by his word He brings what is dead, to life. That what he says, with His word, His breath, His power - literally changes everything. I love that He says it before we see it.
In the middle of chaos, in the middle of the drama - there He is - PEACE.
I have come to know that Peace is not the absence of chaos, but an incredible inner state that occurs as I place my trust in the One who holds everything together.
I have personally experienced this peace that quite literally passes understanding, several times. It makes no sense. When I should be anxious about the test result, the health scare, our finances, whatever it has been - the feeling that would be associated with those big issues that can cause chaos, has been absent, as I’ve placed my concerns into the hands of God. Peace surrounds me, when it doesn’t make sense.
I love the Jewish tradition of getting one another with this word Shalom. The word is packed with so much meaning.
From Blue Letter Bible concordance:
Shalom: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
1 completeness (in number)
2 safety, soundness (in body)
3 welfare, health, prosperity
4 peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
5 peace, friendship
1 of human relationships
2 with God especially in covenant relationship
6 peace (from war)
7 peace (as adjective)
Perhaps the reminder of peace, wholeness and completeness in our lives is no bad thing. The sound of heaven throughout scripture has been “do not fear”.
The very source of our peace is found in heavens provision, available for all humanity. Peace is personified and found in Jesus. As He “became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood”, the message he carried was peace with God. Not peace from all trouble. But peace with God in the middle of all things. Heaven called Him the prince of peace - and we discover that peace is more than a state, but is a person.
Peace has a name - JESUS!
There are some things that words can’t really explain. But I do know, that the invitation to experience peace, wholeness and completeness is an open one from heaven.
As you sit on the pivotal moment of an old year past and a new year ahead - my prayer for you is that in all things, you would know “I AM” - that he would be your source, your faithful one who never changes even when everything else does.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
John 14:27 ESV