“And Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the LORD is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.”– JUDGES 6 : 24
When your heart faints and your strength fails, ask yourself, “WHO IS MY FATHER?”
You would find your soul answer ” JEHOVAH SHALOM, the God of Peace, is my Everything!…What can man do to me?”
WEAK TO STRONG
If you feel discouraged thinking that you are WEAK, then you’ve got to change your perspective because I know someone who was claimed to be the WEAKEST!..Just like how Newton discovered the gravitational force while sitting under an apple tree, lets see what ‘force’ Gideon discovers under the terebinth tree.
An Israelite named Gideon, a timid man was hiding the wheat he threshed in his own father’s wine-press so that the Midianites (enemies of Israel at that time) don’t snatch the harvest of his family’s hard-work. All of a sudden, he finds an unfamiliar person in dazzling light under the tree and as he nears him, he gets even more stunned to hear the Angel of the LORD greeting to him with the words ‘The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!‘ The Angel of the LORD was assigning him to defeat the Midianites as one man. Gideon gets too surprised for words. He tries to convince the angel THAT HE COULD DEFINITELY NOT SAVE A NATION and that maybe there’s some misunderstanding by explaining about his clan being the weakest and that he was the LEAST in his father’s home. But do you know what his Creator said to encourage him “Gideon, Have I not selected you?..Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”….Sometimes, we might feel as though we are too weak to overcome the struggles, pain, suffering and trials of this life. Remember JEHOVAH SHALOM in those times. HE is the PRINCE OF PEACE!..HIS powerful arms have already won the battles against you. HIS nail-pierced hands has healed all your sicknesses. IN CHRIST ALONE IS OUR PEACE!..This POWER OF PEACE which Gideon acknowledged not only enabled him to defeat the Midianites as a MIGHTY WARRIOR but it also removed all fears from his heart and filled it with the everlasting peace of GOD.