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What's in a name 4

'I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites.' Judges 6:16 NIV

The name Jehovah-Shalom: the Lord our peace, was discovered by Gideon when God told him to lead Israel against the Midianites - something Gideon felt was far beyond his capability. He said to God: 'How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest...and I am the least in my family' (Judges 6:15 NIV). God responded: 'I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites...Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die' (Judges 6:16, 23 NIV). Even though Gideon was frightened he believed God and before the battle was even fought or the victory won, he had peace. So he built an altar to God and called it 'The Lord Is Peace' (see Judges 6:24).

We tend to think we'll have peace when our situation improves. But, like Gideon, we can learn that inward peace doesn't depend on better circumstances, but on believing God is with us and claiming his inner peace. Jesus promises: 'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid' (John 14:27 NIV).

However inadequate or afraid we may feel, we can remember Jesus' words: 'I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace...take heart! I have overcome the world' (John 16:33 NIV). So let's 'take heart,' and trust Jehovah-Shalom to handle the rest.

So what now? Tell God all the problems you face, and ask for his 'shalom' peace to fill you. You'll experience more victory in your situations as you surrender to him.

Soulfood: Ezek 37:1-28 Ezek 38 Ezek 39 Ezek 40:1-9 Matt 24:1-14 Ps 78:9-16 Pro 20:11-14,

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