The Shalom of Jehovah-Shalom

sunset-945435_1920It’s the fifth day we’ve been thinking through the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.” Today’s thoughts should give us pause as we examine our state of mind and exactly who it is we’re talking to when we come to God in prayer.  Too many of us only pray when we’re in trouble… you know, the foxhole prayer that sounds something like, “God if you get me out of this I’ll be good – I’ll stop drinkin’, chewin’ and goin’ with gals who do.”

Sometimes we pray when we’re mad about something and we want God to explain Himself to our satisfaction. Or we might even ask Him to curse someone who has really upset us.

We can even go to prayer with a shrug… thinking, “Well, nothing else has worked, I might as well pray – maybe, just maybe God, if He can do anything, will do something.”

There are a thousand ways we come to the Heavenly Father in a complete state of emotional upheaval.

In one sense these are exactly the times we should definitely pray.  When we’ve hit rock bottom or are in danger we should call out in need and desperation.  God always hears and comes to us.

and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord, And He answered me.  I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.          Jonah 2:2  

And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”       Luke 18:38

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is Jehovah-Shalom.

“The God of peace.” We are meant to know the fullness of God’s perfect peace, or His
“shalom.” God’s peace surpasses understanding and sustains us even through difficult times. It is the product of fully being what we were created to be.

When Gideon saw that he was the angel of the Lord, he said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” The Lord said to him, “Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die.” Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and named it The Lord is Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.       Judges 6:22–24  

 It’s important for us to remember that as we pray in our panic, fear, isolation, and confusion, we are praying to a God of complete and amazing peace.  “Peace,” the Hebrew word “Shalom,” is not something God HAS; Peace is something God IS.

Like an old friend of mine used to say, “If you look up the word “peace” in the dictionary, you’ll find God’s picture as an illustration of the word.”

Therefore, even in the worst turmoil, you can come to the Lord who IS peace itself.  He’ll show up – He’ll comfort – He’ll calm your spirit – and He’ll whisper, “Peace, peace, peace… shhhhh, peace!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.       Philippians 4:6–7    

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.       Philemon 3 

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.       John 14:27  

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.       Romans 15:33  

Think about it…

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