Elohim, Yahweh, Jehovah, Adonai, El-Shaddai, El-Roi, El-Olam, Jehovah Rapha, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Sabaoth—these are just a few of the introductions God made to His saints throughout the Old Testament. It is a thrill to discover more of the Creator God as reveals Himself throughout the pages of His Word.
The divine attributes are what we know to be true of God. He does not possess them as qualities; they are how God is as He reveals Himself to His creatures. Love, for instance, is not something God has and which may grow or diminish or cease to be. His love is the way God is, and when He loves He is simply being Himself. And so with other attributes. –AW Tozer
Jehovah-Shalom particularly caught my attention in Judges 6 because it is only mentioned once. Gideon is hiding behind a winepress trying to thresh wheat without being seen by the enemies of the Israelites at the time. God sees beyond who Gideon is at that moment,(a most terrified and unwilling participant in God’s plan), calls him a “mighty man of valor,” and sends Gideon on a mission to save his people from the Midianites. Gideon had heard of the mighty miracles God had done to bring His people out of Egypt, but he had never seen anything like that in his lifetime. He knew of the God of His people, but he did not know God for himself. The Israelites by this time had begun worshipping the gods of the people they lived among. They had stopped following God’s laws, and they had stopped teaching their children of His ways.
When God left talking with him, He reassured Gideon with these last words, “Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.” Gideon, the most fearful general on Biblical record, built an altar there and called it Jehovahshalom: the Lord is peace. And then God proceeded to miraculously save His people with only 300 men who held no weapons. If you’re not familiar with the mighty victory God worked through Gideon, you can read it for yourself in Judges 6-7.
Had the Midianites not raided the land and imposed severe difficulties on the children of Israel, they would never have sought the Lord for his help. Gideon would have never learned of the Lord of Peace. He would have never seen God work and would have missed out completely on knowing God for himself.
The storms of life cause us to rise towards God.—Mrs. Charles Cowman, Streams in the Desert, March 14https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/desert/
The name Jehovah means the Existing One, the God who reveals Himself unceasingly.
God constantly reveals Himself to man, showing His attributes as the answer to our lack. God is eternal, and we are finite beings with a beginning and an earthly end. God is all-powerful, and though we like to think we are powerful, our strength is also finite. We need rest, God does not. God is in control of all things, and we see clearly that we control very little of our world. When we come to the end of ourselves and our own abilities, we finally look up to the One that we need. He stands there waiting for us to see Him.
Shalom means peace. Peace, according to the 1828 Dictionary is “Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquillity; calmness; quiet of conscience.”
As applicable to God, He is never disturbed, never surprised, never caught off guard. Constantly in control, completely unchanging in every aspect of His nature, this is what we can rely on as we trust Him with everything else that changes in our lives.
When God sent His Son to walk among us, He became flesh like us, but He remained perfectly holy as God.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people
by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God;
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:76-79
Jesus became our way to know God and to know His peace.
- Peace with God offers eternal life and takes away the sting of death.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
- Peace with God offers His Presence in every circumstance.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.Hebrews 13:5-6
- Peace with God offers His overcoming victory in the difficulties of our lives.
These things I have 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
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:35-37
- Peace with God offers grace—sufficient grace–for our every need.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8
- Peace with God offers access to the Father by His Spirit in prayer.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:15-16
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
- Peace with God offers an abundant life both here in this life and for eternity.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
If you do not yet know this peace with God, you can. God has done everything possible to have a relationship with you, but He leaves the choice to come to Him with you. The Bible says you can know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13
Recognize that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Understand that there is a wage for our sin that is required for us to pay. The wages of sin is death…Romans 6:23 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Revelation 20:14
But there is good news because Jesus paid the penalty that we owed.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Ask Jesus to save you.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
If you are willing to accept Jesus’ payment for your sin, simply ask Him to forgive your sin and to come and live in your heart. Believe that He died in your place and rose again for you and trust Him to do exactly what He promised.
If you make this decision, would you please let me know so that I can pray for you and encourage you in this new life that you have in Him?
For us as believers, let us use the sorrows, troubles, and fears of this world to draw nearer to know our God and His Word, and point those who don’t yet toward Him. The peace of His presence is so sweet no matter what chaos swirls around us!
Blessings and peace on your life today.