Jehovah Shalom (God Our Peace)

Apr 26, 2016, 6:25 PM |

by HJS

A beautiful expression of God's desire for peace is found in the words of Gideon, one of Israel's judges. He feared that he would be killed at the hands of his enemies, but God sent an angel with the good news, "You are not going to die." Gideon built an altar and called it Jehovah Shalom, which means "God is our peace." Five times in the New Testament alone, the Almighty God is called "The God of all peace."

"Peace," wrote A.B. Simpson, "is the most precious of all the gifts and graces of the Spirit; so precious indeed is peace that it was the one legacy left us by our departing Lord. Joy," he said, "may be more exciting, but peace is more sustaining." No wonder Paul described God's peace as "a peace which passes all understanding."

The only legacy that Jesus left to the ragtag band of men He chose to walk with Him was that of peace. In the Upper Room, only hours before He was seized in the Garden, He said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).

And that is your inheritance as well, provided you make the God of all Peace your Lord, the one whom you ask to arbitrate your disputes and resolve your anger and pain.

"Grant to me above all things that can be desired," prayed Thomas a Kempis, "to rest in Thee, and in Thee to have my heart at peace." Life is too short to live with conflict and anger when God can bring peace.


For Christ himself is our way of peace. He has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one family, breaking down the wall of contempt that used to separate us.   EPHESIANS 2:14  TLB