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“So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord is Peace.” (Judges 6:24)
I was overwhelmed that lonely night on one of Brazil’s southern beaches. I was scheduled to preach at the end of the week in Maracana, the world’s largest stadium, in Rio de Janeiro. At that very moment, more than 600 pastors, evangelists, and church workers from the United States and South America were ministering in more than 100 churches throughout the city. They were preaching, witnessing, singing, and proclaiming the name of Jesus. It was all in preparation for the final Saturday when the governor, vice governor, mayor of Rio de Janeiro, and tens of thousands of people would gather in the great stadium to hear the gospel.
My wife, Tex, and I had come to that lonely beach to spend time alone with God in preparation for that final meeting. My heart was in turmoil. I felt so inadequate. I was just a simple preacher from San Antonio, Texas. I didn’t have a big organization or a lot of money. I wasn’t a well-known TV personality. Questions filled my heart. What if no one comes to the stadium? What if thousands come, but no one responds to the gospel? What happens if it rains? The questions went on and on, as I was filled with feelings of inadequacy.
I cried out to God that evening, “I can’t do it. I’m not capable. O God, I need You.”
In that quiet moment, God revealed Himself to me as Jehovah Shalom — God, our peace. I didn’t have a vision or some mystical experience. I simply had peace — wonderful peace. A calm filled my soul. I knew Jehovah was with me. I knew victory was in His hands. I didn’t need to worry. It didn’t matter that the task was too big for me. The only thing that counted was that God was with me.
When I stood in Maracana on Saturday, I preached with a tranquil confidence that God’s will would be accomplished. Thousands listened, and thousands responded to the message. It was incredible to hear tens of thousands of people praying and committing their lives to Christ. Their voices echoed as thunder throughout the stadium. They met God, and so did I. They met Him as Lord, Savior, and Victor. I met Him as Jehovah Shalom.
God reveals Himself to us as Jehovah Shalom when we’re over our heads — when He’s given us a task that’s more than we can handle. The first time God revealed Himself as Jehovah Shalom was when the angel of the Lord came to Gideon (Judges 6:24). Gideon had many reasons to lack peace. First, Israel was defeated. Second, Gideon was from a small family, and he was the youngest. Yet God wanted to work mightily among His people. He desired to bring them into victory, and Gideon was His chosen instrument. Gideon felt completely incapable.
In that moment, God spoke peace to Gideon’s heart. “But the Lord said to him, ‘Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die’” (Judges 6:23). The next verse says Gideon built an altar and called it “The Lord is Peace.” The rest is history. In the days that followed, God used Gideon mightily.
You, like Gideon, may feel overwhelmed because of an impossible mountain you’ve been called to climb. You may be dismayed because you’ve been placed in an unbearable situation. You may feel small and weak. You may think, I can’t do it. Your heart may be filled with turmoil.
Let me encourage you to be still and know that He is God. He is Jehovah Shalom: God, our peace. Build a quiet altar in your heart and welcome Jehovah Shalom. When you come to know God as your peace, victory will follow. You’ll climb that mountain and overcome those difficulties. Jesus said, “Peace. Be still.” He still says it today.
11) The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12) When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13) “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14) The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 15) “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16) The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” 17) Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18) Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.” 19) Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah[a] of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak. 20) The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21) Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. 22) When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” 23) But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” 24) 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.
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About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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