Shalom שׁלום: Peace in Spite of Circumstances
Updated: Apr 4
"Shalom" in Hebrew is a common greeting that means "Peace!"
[Yahweh] bless you, and keep you; [Yahweh] make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; [Yahweh] lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace [shalom]. Numbers 6:23-26 ESV
In our Western culture, we tend to imagine "peace" as the calm after a storm, the absence of conflict. But the true biblical meaning of "shalom" has nothing to do with outer circumstances.
Yahweh blessed Israel with "Shalom" before they entered the Promised land to conquer it. This was the biggest, scariest task they had ever faced... yet Yahweh was giving them "peace"?
What is this peace?
It is not the absence of war--but inner calm in the face of it. God's peace means you are whole and complete in mind, body, and emotion.
"Shalom is a blessing, a manifestation of divine grace" (Pastor's Soul).
Ultimately, it is the restored relationship between God and man. Through Yeshua's sacrifice, we can draw near to Him no matter what is going on around us!
Through belief in Yeshua we receive His Shabbat Shalom--His Sabbath rest.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Thank you, Yeshua, for your sacrifice that allows me to freely approach your Throne of Grace! Give me your grace and inner Shalom to face the battles ahead. Help me to keep my eyes on you instead of on the storm.