Read Judges 6:11-24.

For years, the Israelites struggled under the thumb of the cruel and oppressive Midianites, who had invaded their nation. The land God had given His people was lush and fertile, but the Midianites ravaged their crops, devouring and destroying their fields before they could bring in the harvest. As a result, the people were starving and impoverished. The Midianites did more than steal their food; they stole their peace.

Eventually, the people of Israel cried out to God, and the Lord, in His mercy, chose a deliverer to rescue them from the hand of the wicked Midianites. Gideon, however, wasn’t particularly strong or skilled in battle. On his own, he could never defeat the vast Midianite army. But with the power of God on his side, even Gideon could secure the victory. So, after being visited by the angel of the Lord and being assured of God’s favor, he named the altar he had set up Yahweh Shalom, or “The Lord Is Peace” (Judges 6:24).

Do you feel as though your peace is constantly being stolen from you? In order to find true peace, you must go to the source. Turn to Yahweh Shalom. Repent of any sin that’s keeping you from walking in close fellowship with your Savior. As you focus on the wondrous Truth that God is with you, He will give you peace, “which transcends all understanding,” whatever your circumstances (Philippians 4:7).

Prayer: Father, You are my peace. I have hope because You are faithful and loving. You keep Your promises, and therefore, I am not afraid or consumed. You are with me; You are my comfort. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites” (Judges 6:24).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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