March 9, 2017
The Lord is Peace
Gideon was minding his own business or trying to. Israel's enemy, the powerful and oppressive Midianites, had driven them into hiding. Gideon was threshing wheat in a hidden location. But God had bigger plans for Joash's son.
When God called Gideon to lead the Israelites against their enemy, he didn't jump at the opportunity. Gideon asked, "But Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family" (v. 15). God, however, makes a habit of using little people to do big things. To confirm the calling, God gave Gideon a sign delivered by the angel of the Lord (the pre-incarnate Christ). When Gideon realized who it was, he exclaimed, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!" (v. 22). But God reassured him, "Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die" (v. 23). That's when Gideon built the altar and named it "The Lord is Peace."
No one, on his own, can see God and live. But there is One who intercedes for us. Jesus stands between the holy God and sinful man and by His death bridges the great separation. Paul writes, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Only Jesus can deliver peace. Do you have that peace with God through Jesus?
Lord Jesus, thank You for giving us peace with God. Thank You for the price You paid in order to bring us to the Father. You are our peace! In Your name we pray. Amen.