The Peace of Advent: Day 12

Peace (4)

The season in which this revelation of God as “Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is peace,” occurred was one of oppression and starvation (Judges 6:1-6, NLT). These cruel conditions were the result of Israel’s disobedience; however, as happened repeatedly in their history, God intervened when they cried out to Him for help. God spoke to them through a prophet (Judges 6:6-10). Then, as the Angel of the LORD, spoke to Gideon, whom He had chosen to deliver Israel. The closing moments of Gideon’s encounter with the Angel of the LORD included a dramatic scene that revealed to Gideon beyond the shadow of any doubt that he had encountered the Angel of the LORD. Gideon’s expectation? Certain death. God’s response to Gideon? Compassion. “The Lord said to him, “Peace to you, do not be afraid; you shall not die” (Judges 6:23, AMP). In the midst of what was likely abject terror, God spoke words of comfort and assurance to Gideon. Out of that experience, Gideon received the revelation that “the LORD is peace” (Judges 6:24).

This chapter show us that God not only gives peace, He is peace. And I am reminded of a truth shared by Ann Voskamp in her book, The Greatest Gift, “God gives God.” He gives us who He is. Other examples of this truth are found in verses such as Psalm 71:5 (AMP), “For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth, ” and Psalm 28:7 (NIV), “The Lord is my strength…” Whenever we ask for what we need, always He gives us of Himself.

Prayer

Father, this Advent season, give us a fresh understanding of the truth that You give who You are. May it sink deep into our spirits. Help us to remember that You, LORD, are peace and everything else that we need. Let this truth lead us to ask boldly for more of You. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

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Other posts in the Advent 2107 series can be found here.

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