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Peace. Don’t we all want peace? I’m sure the people of Ukraine want peace. They want an end to the death and destruction inflicted in the current war. I’m sure the people of Russia want peace too. Another type of peace we all want is freedom from crime. We want peaceful streets we can walk without fear.
Peace is the lack of conflict, the security from any attack. Whether people realize it or not, another peace they need is peace with God. Because we disobey God, we are subject to his justice, his punishment. We need peace.
Gideon understood this when he met an angel of the Lord. Listen to the account in Judges 6:22-24, ‘When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!”
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.”
The phrase “the Lord is peace” tells us God initiates peace, pays the price and restores the relationship. Remember what the angels said to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus? Luke 2:14 records it: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Today, praise the Lord who is peace.
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