“Shalom is Peace and Then Some”

February 16, 2020

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In Jeremiah 29:5-7, God declares to His exiled people in Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (NIV) The word for peace in that passage is the Hebrew word, Shalom. Shalom means goodness, wholeness, well-being, health, prosperity and blessing. Shalom is peace and then some. In the Upper Room on the night before His cross, Jesus shares these words with His disciples found in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (ESV) Once again, the peace Jesus refers to is Shalom. And how does Jesus deliver it? By ending the enmity between God and man and promising a Shalom that will never end. Colossians 1:19-20 sums up this way: “For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” (NLT) Do you posses this Peace, this Shalom? Has the enmity between you and God been removed? Have you raised the white flag above your heart? Have you surrendered unconditionally to the Prince of Peace? If not, let today be the day!

Bible References

  • Jeremiah 29:4 - 14
  • Psalm 90:10 - 10
  • John 14:25 - 29
  • Colossians 1:19 - 22
  • Romans 5:1 - 1