Jehovah Shalom. We find this name mentioned in the book of Judges, where the Lord revealed Himself to Gideon in the form of an angel (see Judges 6:22–24). What does this name, Jehovah Shalom, mean exactly?
As a noun, the Hebrew word shalom means “completeness, health, welfare.” It implies being whole, in harmony with God and man, having wholesome relationships. It also indicates a state of being at ease—not restless, but having peace both inwardly and outwardly, being at rest spiritually and emotionally. In short, shalom signifies wholeness in a life or work. As a verb, shalom means to be completed or finished, or to make peace.
Once more, I am driven to ask, “What does this particular name of God have to do with me and with the Church today?” Simply this: Shalom cannot be earned. We will never receive the Lord’s shalom until we realize, “This is very serious business. This is God Almighty I am dealing with, the Creator and sustainer of the universe. How can I continue taking Him for granted? Why do I still test His grace, living as if He is deaf and blind to my secret acts and doubts?”
Do you tremble at God’s Word? Are you ready to obey everything it says? If so, you will receive the revelation of Jehovah Shalom. He will come to you personally as “the Lord, your peace,” filling your spirit with supernatural strength against every enemy. You cannot earn this kind of peace—it is a gift from God, to be sought from Him.
David Wilkerson, God Is Faithful: A Daily Invitation into the Father Heart of God (Minneapolis, MN: Chosen, 2012), 108.
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