This name for God comes out of Gideon’s mouth after his encounter with Sovereign God. The Midianites had been ravaging the land and the Israelites were living in fear. They had been worshiping other gods and God was not pleased. God appeared to Gideon and called him to lead the people. Gideon asked for a sign that the LORD was really calling him. So the angel said he would wait while Gideon prepared a meal offering for him. When Gideon brought the food, the angel instructed him to take the meat and unleavened bread and place it on a rock and pour out the broth. Gideon did as the LORD asked. Then the angel touched the food with his staff and fire flared from the rock and consumed the food. “22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” 23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace. Judges 6:22-24
Is the Lord your peace? Gideon discovered that God could bring him peace in the oppressed and fearful situation in which he found himself. God could replace his fear with peace. God encouraged Gideon to trust him for life and turn away from fear. God did it for Gideon those centuries ago and He can do it for you and me today. Claim God as your peace. Jesus promised in John 14:27 “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Take Him at His Word and step out in faith today leaving your fears at His feet.
Courage comes from knowing Jesus,