Snow capped Aonach Eagach Ridge from Loch Achtriochtan, photography courtesy of Neil McDade,

Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and named it The Lord is Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
Judges 6:24 (NASB)

Today sees us looking at another name of God, one that many of us are familar with: Jehovah Shalom. In our world we see peace as a time without war between nations, or as a time of rest during or after a busy time in life. We all love some peace in our personal life occasionally. There is personal peace for Gideon with God, having feared for his life; and there is peace with God for Israel with who they call upon in their opression under the Midianites.

After forty years without a Godly leader Israel sinned against God (Judges 6:1). They were far from God and His protection. After some time of oppression and hardship the people called again upon God to save them. It is after this that the Angel of the LORD came to Gideon in a remote place, where he was secretly refining wheat to hide from the Midianites. It is interesting that he should be chosen by God, being the youngest son of a small family. The same was true of Joseph (Israel’s son) and David; both being the least among men, but God chose them as He does Gideon in this story. I wonder how many cases there are of the least son being chosen by God?

Gideon at first is fearful of his Visitor, but when he realises the true Divine nature of Whom was before him he builds an altar in worship of God, naming it “The Lord is Peace.” Gideon served God faithfully bringing a period of forty years of peace to Israel.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Dear Reader, peace is not only historical as in the times of Old Testament stories – it is also Eternal Peace. The story throughout God’s Word is one of Peace between humanity and Almighty God, through Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord and Saviour. Who wouldn’t like to have peace with God? This was one of the biggest themes of the late Rev. Billy Graham, whose 1952 book “Peace With God” is still doing the rounds today, proving that men are still seeking peace with God. If at all you are not sure whether you are at peace with God I recommend you visit HERE without delay.


14 thoughts on “Jehovah Shalom – The Lord Is Our Peace

  1. Thank you brother. a beautiful post and wordship time. I pray that the truth of my life as written in Shafts of Gold shows this in reality particularly after our dear daughter’s death and during all my radium days etc.
    Truly Christ is the Prince of PEACE to all who love and folllow HIM. Has the book arrived yet Blessings!

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  2. It’s wonderful how God can gift us with personal peace, no matter our situation. Most of all, I’m looking forward to a time when all of God’s creation will enjoy His perfect peace. I enjoyed the video, and watching those fabulous lions reminded me of a time when ‘the lion will lie down with the lamb.’

    Thank you for this post, Alan. What a beautiful start to my day. 🙂

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  3. During the time of the Judges too! Our world has gone off kilter with “each person doing what is right in their own sight.” Yet God’s grace never fails for those who seek Him for He is our peace in the midst of turmoil. Grace and peace to you, brother Alan.

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