Discovering God’s Names: Yahweh-Shalom

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“And the LORD said to him, ‘Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die.’ Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and named it The LORD is peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.” Judges 6:23-24, Nasb

On my way out of the grocery story, the news headline, “Pray for Peace,” caught my eye. Quickly the thought crossed my mind, “Without Jesus, there is no peace.”

Everywhere we turn, turmoil festers. Not only is the earth aging and breaking down, evidenced by earthquakes and other natural disasters, the hearts of mankind roil in unrest. We battle against one another—in armies, in congregations, in politics, in relationships, and so on. Countless individuals face inner turmoil, sometimes acting out violently as a result. Deeds reveal the contents of a person’s heart, and if it’s devoid of Jesus, it’s devoid of peace. When peace is absent, turmoil can erupt.

It’s easy to focus on the despair and chaos that glare into view on a daily basis. It’s difficult to set aside concerns about flare-ups in the world, in our country, or in our lives.

But honestly—and this isn’t meant as a simplistic remedy—we find peace through JESUS. (Click to Tweet)

Yahweh-Shalom, the LORD our peace, “reconciled us to Himself through Christ” (2 Cor. 5:18). When “we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). HE is our peace.

Yet even when we possess eternal peace with God, life interrupts. Circumstances, feelings, lies, and more can invade our peace in an instant, leaving us reeling in a rollercoaster of emotions. We struggle to regain control but feel helpless. I experienced one of those times just recently.

Rising to the surface unexpectedly, an inner pain broke through me, shattering the silence. Like bursts of lightning, denigrating words about myself struck those around me. Fears and insecurities related to another’s critical words lunged out of me, hitting others. As relentless waves pick us up and toss us around, I felt carried away by emotion and unable to stop. In my pain, I verbally hurt others as tears wet my face. Peace? It had rushed away.

But God never left. Because He is peace and my relationship with Him is secure in Christ, He comforted my ailing heart. He continues to restore peace within me, and oh, how sweet it is.

I found peace as I talked about what hurt me, opening up and letting go. Forgiving. (Click to Tweet)

I found peace in God’s Word as He spoke directly to me, leading me to confess sins while reminding me of His forgiveness.

I find peace in Christ, knowing He has secured my relationship with God.

Dear friend, how would you rate your current level of peace? If you need eternal peace, I pray you’ll trust Jesus as your Savior today. If you already know Him as Savior but need peace in a tumultuous situation, I pray you’ll “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Col. 3:15).

“Peace to you, do not fear … The LORD is peace.” Judges 6:23-24 (Click to Tweet)

Much Love in Christ,

Emily

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