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Peace, a calm that passes all understanding, the serenity of love.
The disciples were frightened, their doors were locked and quite possibly their hearts as well. Their Master was dead and they were afraid of what would happen to them next, everything in their world was falling apart. Then Jesus walks through the wall (quite literally and spiritually) and says “Shalom be with you!” Their lives were beginning to be put back into order with that simple greeting. The Lord’s presence brought a supernatural shalom, a sense of well-being, and what they needed most, hope.
Shalom is more than a friendly greeting, it is a relational inquiry of a deep personal nature. When the Father speaks it to us it is an impartation of covenant relationship. In that impartation is a statement that says: “I wish for you a state of well-being that affects wherever you walk and whatever you touch.” The Word declares that the "God of shalom’ brings salvation to the whole man - body, soul and spirit.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The meaning of Shalom (shaw-lome') is rich with promise.
Shalom conveys: completeness, safety, soundness, welfare, health, prosperity peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment peace in friendship, of human relationships with God especially in covenant relationship peace.
In its very meaning shalom speaks of His salvation, the deliverance which brings peace to my soul. It speaks of provision, which brings peace to my troubled mind. It speaks of well-being, which brings peace to my restless spirit. Such is the power of shalom He brings into our lives through the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
This “shalomness”, works deep in my life, bringing to rest unsettled areas of my walk with Him. As fathers we can speak this shalom into our children, through our speech, our attitudes and our treatment of them. When my young children are restless and sometimes scared at night, I’ll sometimes sleep in their room. My presence brings an aroma of shalom to their room and helps them fall peacefully asleep. Like the Heavenly Father, even my facial expression can bring comfort to my children and produce shalom in their hearts.
“The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:26
These are troubling times; the enemy’s full intent is to destroy the family. It is imperative that my life declares to this enemy that I will not be moved from my call to father this next generation. I must be immersed in, totally filled with and operate out of the shalom the Father provides. This “calm resolute passion” will fuel the drive to help my sons and daughters to fulfilled their own call in Christ. Calm and passionate at the same time…how can this be? Jesus was always calm in His circumstances, but always passionate in His purpose. That is shalom in full-throttle mode, a sense of well being that enables passion to be focused and faithfully delivered towards its goal. The surety of His purpose for me; empowered with Holy Spirit vitality and strengthen by His faithfulness to keep me on course; that’s calm resolute passion, that’s what shalom produces.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have shalom. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
There is nothing passive about this “shalom that passes all understanding”. It changes me in the midst of trials and enables a sharper picture of my circumstance to form. Shalom helps me to walk through those trials with a sense of purpose, it makes the way a bit clearer to follow. In this sense, peace begets peace, giving us the ability to walk boldly, confident in His care. Shalom fruit is one of wholeness, it nourishes our souls, our minds and our spirit. My role of daddy is nourished as well helping me nurture my children and prepare them for their place in the world. When I make shalom happen in their lives I honor the Word of the Lord and fulfill my call as
“Blessed are the shalom makers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
Come Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord our peace.