But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Judges 6:23-24
In the middle of a conflict, Gideon built an altar called, the Lord is Peace. At this point, Gideon hadn’t defeated the enemy. Yet he had an encounter with God that taught him regardless of his circumstances the Lord is Peace. Have you ever had a powerful encounter with God that convinces you, regardless of your circumstances, the Lord is Peace? Perhaps once we did, but have fallen back into our old habits of worrying about the future.
When we know the Lord is Peace we have a sense of security. We’re held in his hands and nothing can happen to us that we can’t handle because he is with us, enabling and sustaining us. He can help in any situation.
When we know the Lord is Peace we have a sense of acceptance. We belong to God, we’re his beloved children and we can relax in the peace of knowing we’re deeply loved.
When we know the Lord is Peace we know that God is good. An evil king won’t stop strife but a good king wants his people to live without strife. God is the ultimate good king who wants peace so much he sent his Son to die, to reconcile God and people.
Amid conflict, difficulties or overwhelming issues, we can always seek and find peace because our Lord is peace. We can rest in the knowledge that God is good, God is love and God is able.