Have you ever been tasked to do something that literally ignited a fear within? Welp it happened when I was tasked to release my book. There were many times I’ve felt fear, but this time was different. I knew I had the gift of writing, but I had to be transparent and vulnerable in a way that I had only been with my closest friends. Not even family knew the things revealed. I thought of every inadequacy possible from not being financially positioned to publish it, to worrying about being judged, to not being popular or liked enough to actually sell books. Plus, my circumstances were beyond inconvenient as I was struggling with my transition to working abroad. I remember sitting in my apartment after being pretty much homeless for the past two months and there was this feeling of peace that came upon me. Like an assurance that all was well and now was the time to release the message God desired to send through me. This moment was God revealing himself as Jehovah Shalom!
In Judges 6, Gideon had a similar experience. The Israelites has been attacked by numerous groups of people to the point where they were pretty much robbed of their resources. Gideon was threshing grain to preserve and hide it from their enemies when an angel appeared to him telling him that he was tasked to destroy the Midianites. Like many of us, he went on to tell God why he wasn’t qualified, but we know that never changes the assignment given. He did ask for a sign which God graciously granted. With that, Gideon received the peace of God and built an altar to God calling it Jehovah Shalom.
The reality is that God is our peace when we are restless. He has a way of calming the sea within us while everything around us is as chaotic and messy as a storm. After reading Judges 6, pause and write down everything that has caused you to feel like you are lacking peace. Then, draw a circle around everything and write peace. The idea is that God will consume everything that causes a disturbance with his peace. It doesn’t mean the situation or burden will go away, but your spirit is at rest knowing that everything will be okay. May you experience God as Jehovah Shalom today!