The Names of God: The Lord Our Peace, God of My Life and Strength

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The Names of God: The Lord Our Peace, God of My Life and Strength

We are now at a name for God that gives us contentment, JEHOVAH-SHALOM, which means, “The Lord Our Peace,” or “God my Peace”. “Shalom,” the quintessential greeting of Jews is translated “peace” 170 times, and it means “whole, finished, fulfilled or perfected” and is related to our concepts of “being well, and welfare.”

This name of God comes to us when God called Gideon in Judges 6.

Gideon responded to the call by making a sacrifice to the LORD and risking the anger of his town and family by tearing down the false altar to Baal, a pagan god. Gideon needed much reassurance from God throughout his transformation from timid farmer to mighty warrior, but he was obedient to God’s call and eventually was used in a powerful way to save Israel.

Perhaps God’s name, “The Lord is Peace” gave Gideon comfort despite the great tasks before him: “Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.” Judges 6:22-24

As we see in Gideon’s story, through dependence on the Lord and reliance upon God’s name, we can know his peace and success.

We are also given peace when we realize that God is strong. The name EL MAUZI means “God Of My Strength.” God desires to make us strong and allow us to persevere through adversity. When we realize that we are weak, we accept his strength, and he grants us joy and peace as we do so. (Psalm 81:1; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Finally, as we discuss these names of peace and strength, we have EL CHAIYAI, meaning “The God Of My Life”. God is the source of all life. He gives life, takes life, including eternal life, because it is his. The peace of Shalom means that kind of peace that results from being a whole person in right relationship to God and to others around us, so it is fitting to end on the theme of “life” – without Christ, we cannot have a full life! Jesus said “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Shalom is a powerful conviction, motivation and blessing. Jesus, the God of my Life, is residing in us now, so let’s show him to a world that desperately needs his Shalom, as we all do.

He is our Peace, our Strength, our Life: JEHOVAH-SHALOM, EL MAUZI and EL CHAIYAI. How can you reveal these attributes of God to the world today, and how do these names encourage you?

Check out an earlier post in this series here. 

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Richard Krejcir
Richard Krejcir
Hi there, I'm Dr. Krejcir, the Founder and Director of “Into Thy Word Ministries,” (www.intothyword.org) a missions and discipling ministry. I'm also the author of several books including, Into Thy Word, and A Field Guide to Healthy Relationships. I'm a pastor, teacher, husband and father, and a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (M.Div.) and I have a Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology from London, England (Ph.D). Blessings to you!
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  • Linda Dixon
    January 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Through His HOLY WORD. The Bible is not “just a book” . . . It is like a living, breathing person (The being of God) and His Love story to us. Go to the back of a HOLY BIBLE and look up a word (or words) such as “mercy” … or “love” … or “Savior” … or “grace” … or “PEACE” or … “STRENGTH” … or “compassion” … or . I did a study one time simply from the scriptures listed under the words “mercy” and “merciful” and “miracles”. OH MY GOD – – – I came away from that seeing God in an Amazing light. A lot of people see Him as this Big, Powerful being that is going to get them if they don’t do everything just right. – wow – (which you might tend to think kind of like that from some of the Old testament part of the Bible) . . . But there is a side of God that is so tender, and you might not realize it is there unless you really get into His “Word”. For example … did you know there is a place in the scripture (even in the old Testament) where iit says … God’s heart was “grieved” … and His heart was “filled with pain”… Isn’t this amazing to Know that the God of The Universe THAT MADE EVERYTHING THERE IS would be “grieved” … or have a heart “filled with pain” . . . ? And guess who did it …? MANKIND. Read Genesis 6: 5-8. And here is another thing to really ponder for THE TIME WE ARE LIVING IN RIGHT NOW. People have become the same as back then … and I believe even worse now. I pray for people everywhere to WAKE UP and see What an AMAZING LOVING GOD this One and Only God of the Bible really is. He has a heart like NO OTHER … and He just wants to share it with His “prized creation” thru The Bible “His Love Story” to us. But Some people may never know it … Because they “don’t have the time to read” – – – May God bless and help us all

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  • Barbara Jones
    February 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

    AMEN

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  • Linda Dixon
    February 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Every time I get crowded kind of in a corner … I try to get to myself for a little bit … “focus on Jesus” and (or) remember the scripture …”Blessed are the Peace Makers, for they shall be called the children of God” Matthew 5: 9 . . . I love those words “children of God” …

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  • Pamela Dargie Byrd
    February 16, 2014 at 1:20 am

    amen

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  • Sarah Brown
    February 20, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Amen

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