JEHOVAH-SHALOM, God of Comfort/Peace

God reveals himself as Jehovah-Shalom in the sixth chapter of Judges in a story relating to Gideon.  The name is revealed in verses 23 and 24.  The following is an excerpt from an article entitled Jehovah-Shalom, God of Comfort/Peace

The young man, Gideon, who became the sixth judge of Israel, had been able to save some of his father’s wheat from the fields.  He hid it behind the winepress in order to thresh it.  An angel appeared to Gideon and hailed him as a mighty man of valor.  After Gideon had a conversation with the angel, he prepared food according to  instructions, and the angel caused fire to consume the food.  Then the angel departed from sight but not from sound.  Gideon is stricken with terror as he recognized that the angel was the Lord.  He calls out to the Lord God, who says, ”Peace be unto thee; fear not, thou shalt not die.” Gideon built an altar and called itJehovah-shalom, shalom is most often translated “peace.”  Thus we meet the God of Peace/Comfort.

The peace that Gideon recognized at that time came through his encounter with God. He  realized that he was not going to die just because he had seen the Lord.   He was at peace with God, but he was not yet at peace with the circumstances around him.

A series of events related in the sixth and seventh chapters of Judges shows Gideon’s growth in his relationship with Jehovah-shalom – the Prince of Peace.  First, the Lord sent him on a mission to cast down the altar of Baal.  Gideon gallantly took ten men and did that – in the night so they wouldn’t be seen….. (End of excerpt  –  How did Gideon survive?  Read the rest of the story

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ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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16 Responses to JEHOVAH-SHALOM, God of Comfort/Peace

  1. dawnlizjones says:

    I like your thought about peace with God but not at peace with the circumstances.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for your response, dawnliz. I like to be sent back to the drawing board to rethink my positions. I’ll think this over. At this point I still believe God gives peace even in ill circumstances. Right off I think of Paul and Silas in stocks and singing songs of praise. I would say they were at peace and receiving comfort because of their faith in God. I don’t think that means they had to approve of their circumstances in order to be at peace. When Stephen was being stoned, wouldn’t you say he was at peace? Those are situations I cannot visualize myself as being at peace, but I believe God gives amazing peace at times I cannot imagine. I’m amazed at the peace some people have when tornadoes strike, when homes are burned, when given dire reports regarding health issues. That doesn’t mean I don’t think one should fight and defend against cruel circumstances.

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    Just finished the longer read-beautiful! Thank you so for sharing your personal experience of Jehovah-Shalom. I’m such a concrete leaner, stories bring it to life for me! Also, I am copying your VERY practical “pray for peace” verses for my own reference. Tweeted!!

  3. oneta hayes says:

    I just responded to your last comment. I wondered if you had read all the material. I probably did not excerpt enough to validate my claim. I have considered posting the section regarding “what to do when panic attacks” on a later post because there will not be many who read the long version. I feel like you have validated my need to do that. Thanks for reading and responding.

  4. dawnlizjones says:

    Actually it was probably me that didn’t make myself clear–I was agreeing with you wholeheartedly, in that peace with God comes even though we may not have peace (or maybe I should it satisfaction??) in our current circumstances. I was also wondering if I might use your list of verses in my new “Sacred Springboard” category?? I would like to post a link to your site also.

  5. Faye says:

    Thank you for blog sharing and reminder. It is in the Valley of the shadow of death that God’s Peace is really known. When I faced death after an operation…..Panic in the room was replaced by PEACE which truly passes all human understanding. ONLY GOD! That morning even those who did not know the Lord were GOBSMACKED. Thank you. .’Sacred musings’ is my website where I have written my reality of this PEACE.

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Great. You are welcome to use any part and I am honored. Thanks.

  7. Jackie says:

    Thank you. Trying to rely on Jehovah Shalom today!

  8. Debbie L says:

    My husband and I are reading thru Judges now-we just read this chapter, about Gideon. In our faith walk, we constantly have peace in our rough times! That’s the whole point! Yes, think of Paul and all his JOY and peace while in chains. That’s when the world see Jesus in us. That’s the testimony of the peace of God! In fact, when I see an ill circumstance, I rejoice because I know it will only draw me closer to the Lord.
    Good post!

  9. The peace that comes from God definitely surpasses all human understanding 🙂 It consumes and steady’s even in the face of turbulence 🙂

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