“True Peace” – Charles F. Stanley
“Gideon built an altar…and named it The Lord is Peace.” – Judges 6:24
It’s not in the appeasement of evil, ungodly compromise, or by engaging in the false security the world offers that you’ll ever find true and lasting peace. You will only do so by obeying God.
Gideon understood this firsthand. Judges 21:25 says, “In those days…everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” This did not bring anyone tranquility. On the contrary, the Israelites’ idolatrous ways invited continual assaults by surrounding armies. So God called upon Gideon to obey Him and to stand against the invaders.
Being from the smallest, weakest tribe, Gideon felt unprepared for the challenge. Wouldn’t it be easier just to get along with the oppressing Midianites?
The Lord’s answer? “Surely I will be with you” (Judges 6:16). Yes, Gideon’s righteous stand would stir up the enemy, but God would be his abiding peace and lead him to triumph.
The same is true for you. Obeying the Lord may not be easy or popular, but you can have peace no other way. So stand firm in Him and trust that He will be your place of rest.
Lord, lead me – I will obey you. I praise You for being my peace, amen.
In His presence…find true and lasting peace.