18 February 2024: THE LORD OUR PEACE – JEHOVAH SHALOM – Judges 6:21-24

This name of the Lord covers all human needs of peace: be it heart peace, emotional peace, physical peace, national peace, tranquillity, rest, quietness, and everything that makes for development. This name guarantees the removal of everything that disturbs you and your progress. Various kinds of fears eat people from the inside. However, the Lord reveals Himself as the Peace of His people.

Jesus said to us in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. This shows us that there is a substantial difference between the peace the world gives and the peace that God gives. A closer look at our world today reveals that there are more prisoners outside the prison than within the prison walls.

It is only the people that God keeps in peace that are safe. Those to whom God appeared as their peace are the ones that have peace indeed.

The Bible reveals two kinds of peace. In Romans 5:1, a person experiences the first when he is free from the burden of sin and has the assurance that his sins have been forgiven. There is however another kind of peace which is made available through the name Jehovah Shalom. That is the peace that Jesus spoke of in John 14:27. We get a sense of the power of this peace of God in Phil 4:6-7.

The legitimate needs and wants of life can be so pressing until they become distraction channels through which the devil destroys life. However, the peace of God is a protective peace and an offensive weapon of attack. When the peace of God garrisons and protects your life, the devil cannot penetrate.

PRAYER: Father, teach me to cast my cares upon you so that I can daily experience your peace in Jesus’ name.

Leviticus 6:1-7:27, Mark 3:7-30, Psalm 37:1-11, Proverbs 10:3-4

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