This Month's Promise

“See, I am doing a new thing ... Now it springs up... I am making a way in the desert and streams in the waste land....”

- (Isaiah 43:19)

Read: Philippians 4: 4-9


“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. ... ” (II Thessalonians 3: 16)

Shalom means to be safe, to be sound, healthy, unscathed. It signifies a sense of well-being and harmony both within and without, health, wholeness, happiness, quietness of soul, preservation, prosperity, tranquility, security, safety, and all that makes life worthwhile. It is thus entering into a state of wholeness and unity signified by a restored relationship, especially between a person and God. As we study this Hebrew word, we have to keep in mind that Shalom means much more than cessation of violence and hostility. There is a considerable difference between peace and a truce. Truce is absence of war. Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover understood this truth as shown by his statement that, “Peace is not made at the Council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.” There is no single English word that can truly convey the richness of the meaning of the Hebrew word Shalom. Most appropriately translated “peace” Shalom represented the greatest measure of contentment and satisfaction in life. Shalom is still used today in Israel in both greetings and farewells. It is also a way of inquiring after someone’s state of being. It is meant to act as a blessing on the one to whom it is spoken, “May your life be filled with health, prosperity and victory.” The idea is to be happy, to be whole, to be right with God, fellow humans and creation. The Greek greeted one another with “Grace!” but the Jews greeted with “Shalom”. Mac Donald, W. says that the combination of “grace and peace” is in one sense, in miniature, the gospel for the whole world. Through the gospel we are all brought under God’s grace and therefore have peace with God and peace within.

Dear friends, we can find true peace only in Jehovah Shalom, the Lord of peace. In His presence alone we can experience His peace which surpasses all human understanding. When we keep our MIND focused on the Lord of peace He gives us His peace of MIND. Amen.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I live in a world where there is no peace, only violence and hostility. And so I run to Your strong arms where I can experience Your peace that cannot be taken away. May my life be filled with health, prosperity and victory as I trust You wholeheartedly. Amen.