On this, the first day of Thanksgiving week, we live in a world of trouble and unrest:
Our eyes crying over the sight of a world in turmoil;
Our hearts grieving with compassion for the hurting;
Our ears hearing the shattering of broken hearts;
Our stomachs churning with dread of the next tragedy;
Our spirits sorrowing for the helpless and hopeless.
We might ask, “In these circumstances, what have we to be thankful for?” That was the circumstances in the world of Gideon approximately three thousand years ago.
I invite your attention to this excerpt from Jehovah-Shalom, My Comfort/Peace posted under God’s Provision on my blog. https://onetahayes.com/gods-provision/jehovah-shalom-my-comfortpeace-2/
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 it Jehovah-shalom, shalom is most often translated “peace.” Thus we meet the God of Peace/Comfort.
Please use the link above to read my essay (a chapter from my thesis called To Know His Name) regarding God who wants to be peace and comfort to us in spite of circumstances. He is the God who deserves our thanksgiving. He is faithful even if we are not. (2 Timothy 2:13)