Psalm 119:165 sets the standard; those who love God’s law have a peace that cannot be offended.
John 17:6a – I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:
The “Manifested Name” we examine today is Jehovah Shalom; or as we would say today, the Lord my Peace. In the Hebrew language, the word “shalom” is a powerful word that means perfect health, prosperity, and complete wholeness. It also means “nothing missing; nothing broken.” Now think for a moment. What kind of a life does one live when there is “nothing missing, and nothing broken?” What a marvelous use of descriptive terms to give a clear image of what “shalom,” the God-kind of peace, entails. Think of that! NOTHING MISSING; NOTHING BROKEN!
And yet that is precisely what that term means. Then in the New Testament, the word peace is a Greek word that means “prosperity, quietness, to be set at one again.” There is really no doubt about it. Even in the New Testament, the word peace still means “NOTHING MISSING: NOTHING BROKEN.” Once again I cannot help but stand in awe at the great, all-encompassing power and dynamic of the word “PEACE” as it is used in covenant relationship with our God. Think of it! As a child of God, heir of God, joint-heir of Christ, seed of Abraham, and heir according to the promise, you and I should be living daily completely resting in our Lord. He has broken down the middle wall of partition. He has made a new and living way for us to come to the Father by His Own blood. He has reconciled us to Father through Himself and we have already been fully endued with the peace of God that passes understanding. And it surely does pass understanding.
It was a promise of the Father. Once Holy Spirit came in His fullness on the day of Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus, it became a fixed covenant reality. Now it is no longer a promise, but an established fact, already given. All the covenant child of God needs to do is find it in the Word of God, build his/her faith on what the Word says, and then by faith accept the work Jesus has already completed. And once accepted, we must hold fast to our confidence. Yes, we may have to fight to keep it, for our enemy, Satan, does indeed come to steal, kill, and destroy. Remember, Jacob had to wrestle to “get” a blessing. But for you and me, now in this present covenant, we don’t need to wrestle to get the blessing of peace, but we will surely have to fight to keep it. Just remember, God has said He will keep in perfect peace that person whose mind is stayed on Him. And if God said it, that settles it. Shalom, my friend!
Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 4:18-21; John 8:29; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:35-37