Names matter.

In the Old Testament, written in Hebrew, the word for peace is shalom. It is also in the Old Testament where we find reference to the name Yahweh Shalom (or Jehovah Shalom) which means “The Lord is Peace”.

Judges 6:23-24 —But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. (NIV)

Now, if you are reading the King James Version, you will come across this name still in the midst of the text rather than in translated form.

And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

Chances are good that many have read right over this name without giving it much thought or knowing what it meant. If that was you, now you know. Note also that the Lord spoke peace and peace was found in his presence. This encounter had such an impact that Gideon was compelled to build an altar to be a long standing reminder that God is peace and God gives peace.

The Father blesses with peace.

Psalm 29:11 —The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

I would take away from this verse, that whatever may occur externally, whatever circumstances we encounter, if we know God we know we can be strong and have peace because that is what God wants for us, his kids. Again, God gives peace and that is a blessing.

Knowing more about God’s character allows us to be at peace.

Now take a look at these verses:

Job 22:21 — Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace;
Thereby good will come to you.(NKJV)

Jeremiah 29:11 —For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)

God is peace, He gives peace, and He thinks in terms of peace toward us. His plan is peace and goodness. So if we are lacking peace in our lives, we need to pause and ask ourselves:

  • Am I still seeking God?
  • Have I disconnected myself from Him?
  • Have I ever tried to know him?

Jeremiah 29:13 – “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

God is faithful to make himself available. He is willing to make himself open to being known and giving of himself as a father wanting to be in relationship with his kids. Are you still available?

Question: What one action can you take this week to make yourself more available to God and getting to know Him?


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