Sometimes, for very brief periods of time, I think I have life figured out. I think I am headed the right direction with my health, my spirituality, my life in general. And then I wake up from that dream. At my age, I’m beginning to think I will never have it figured out because as soon as I do, something changes.
That used to really bother me. Not so much anymore though. I guess I kind of figure God thinks I need these challenges to keep me on my toes. I need those challenges to look deeper, read more and pray harder! I don’t believe God wants us to have it all figured out. If we do, then we tend to rely on ourselves when we should be relying on God!
When I think of peace, safety and wholeness in life, I think of God. I think of His son, Jesus Christ. That’s where my peace comes from.
Yahweh-Shalom, “The Lord is Peace.” We search and search and all the time it is right there within our grasp.
In His light,
The Lord is Peace
Daniel Amen, MD
So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. —Judges 6:24 NIV
One of God’s names in the Bible is Yahweh-Shalom, which means “the Lord is Peace.” The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, means wholeness in all of life, completeness, welfare, safety. God is our source of all of these blessings.
Cornelius Plantinga explains shalom like this: “In the Bible, shalom means
universal flourishing, wholeness and delight—a rich state of affairs in which
natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of
affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and
welcomes the creatures in whom he delights.”
That’s what we long
for in our journey toward physical and spiritual health: flourishing,
wholeness, and delight. We long to have our needs satisfied and our gifts well
employed. We can picture the doors flung open and our Prince of Peace (Isaiah
9:6) welcoming us into a place that is safe and rejuvenating.
Food for Thought: The Lord truly is our source of flourishing, wholeness, and delight. As we draw near to the Prince of Peace, he welcomes us into a place of completeness