Need some peace in your world today? No, not necessarily in the world around you, however that world’s system does have its way of making its inroads with those uninvited effects targeting you. Yes, they do have their way of bringing you an unwanted, false reality of life within you. So, if the world within you is the place where that all-encompassing peace is needed, here’s the good news, directly from the Lord: “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The Overcomer is none other than Jehovah Shalom, meaning “The Lord of Peace.” This precious name with its special significance relating to God’s own people is first found in Scripture when the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon in Ophrah, as written in Judges chapter six: “Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD and called it Jehovah Shalom” (v. 24). This angel was the LORD himself, a Christophany in his appearance unto Gideon, coming to him with the needed peace given to him, as signified by his name: Jehovah Shalom. “And the LORD said unto him, peace be unto thee” (v. 23). But why the peace, and why was there a special appearance of Jehovah Shalom to Gideon that day? Well, a short history of Israel’s bout with fear is in order.
In the days of Gideon, the children of Israel were living in fear of the enemy, namely the Midianites - not good. They were once a defeated enemy to Israel, but had re-emerged and began to plunder their fields of grain, and intimidated them with their military force. Fear struck its deadly force on every heart, and unrest consumed their daily lives. Matthew Henry gives us the dismal historic explanation of their plight: “Being distressed, Gideon was threshing his wheat by the wine press, in a private unsuspected corner for fear of the Midianites.” And all the while Israel was hiding in the mountains, and the caves, and the strongholds (Judges 6:2). Then, comes the calling that the Lord had for Gideon: “The day of the greatest distress is God’s time to appear for the relief of his people” (Matthew Henry). So, dear child of God, let’s get out of our fearful winepresses, let’s get out of our depressive caves, let’s stop hiding from our enemy and present ourselves openly before our Jehovah Shalom. Then, let’s listen to the calling that the Lord has for us, giving our heart’s ear to the One who brings peace, and who speaks peace: “And the LORD (does say unto you) peace be unto thee” (Judges 6:23). Peace for me? Absolutely! From the Lord? Absolutely! Today? Exactly: “NOW, the Lord of PEACE HIMSELF give you peace always by all means” (2 Thessalonians 3:15). And that same verse gives us the close proximity of the Source of HIS PEACE: “The Lord be WITH you always” (v. 15). Oh, dear Christian, you don’t have to live in fear of your Midianite, whatever, whoever, whenever. and however. God’s peace comes upon and into the hearts of his children coming to HIM, asking him to peacefully take care of their restless, fretful souls. His peace takes care of and changes that troubled heart, that distracted heart, to be no longer a fearful heart. The reason: all because Jehovah Shalom speaks those words of tranquility, with POWER to the soul: “Peace BE unto thee” (Judges 6:23). Maybe you cannot change your circumstances in the world around you, but the Lord can change the world within you: “The Lord (the Master) of peace himself giving you peace always by all means” (2 Thessalonians 3:15). So, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1) - words from the Peace-maker.