Today’s post in our prayer series is about JEHOVAH SHALOM.
“Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The- Lord – Is -Peace. Judges 6:23-24
Shalom Peace means rest, harmony, wholeness, completeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquillity, and prosperity. In other words total wellbeing.
Praise God that He is our peace and we can find total wellbeing in Him despite our current circumstances and trials. God can bring us perfect peace in the midst of the storms of life that rage around us.
God is Peace. The peace that passes all understanding.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Gideon lived in a time when there was no peace in the land. The Israelites were constantly being oppressed and attacked by their enemies the Midianites. Their crops and livestock were being destroyed and plundered. The Israelites were in hiding. Some were living in caves. They had no peace. They lived in constant fear.
Gideon was secretly threshing the wheat in the wine press to hide it from the Midianites when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him. He would have been in a state of anxiety fearing discovery. Suddenly the Angel of the Lord appears. Gideon thought he would be struck down but the Lord said “Peace be with you”.
Gideon built an altar to God and called the altar Jehovah Shalom”.
If you are in need of God’s peace today then our prayer for you is from the blessing in Numbers 6:24-26 and Isaiah 26:3
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you His total peace.
Lord we ask that today you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you and who trust in you.
We thank you that Jesus promised us -“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.
We receive that Peace today which Jesus gives us.