You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
And so we prepare to start this journey – what promises to be an amazing journey. We are setting out on the Path to Perfect Peace.
It’s very easy, given the world in which we live, to totally lose sight of how passionate God is about peace. Many of us don’t have peace within our own being, let alone know how to make peace with others, especially those who we perceive to be so much different than we may be. Perhaps we have some semblance of peace with God, but is it because we have chosen to make God in our own image rather than accept that all of us are made in His?
God captures His vision for peace in this word “Shalom”. It’s a word that shows up more than 200 times in the Bible. The writer Jason Soroski describes it as follows: “It is completeness, soundness, wellbeing, complete reconciliation.” Jason notes that it is used in one of the names for God Himself (Yahweh-Shalom, or The Lord Our Peace from Judges 6:24), and Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
How close are you to experiencing “completeness, soundness, wellbeing, complete reconciliation”? As grand a vision as that may cast, it still falls short of what God really offers, because in our Key Verse today we see that God wants us to experience not just peace, but perfect peace – Perfect Shalom – or “Shalom Shalom”.
Perfect. Perfect Peace. You know God is in it when something like peace reaches such a state of perfection. In the weeks ahead, we will take steps to figure out how we experience something like Perfect Peace. For now, we will only cast the vision that such is what God offers us and He yearns for us to experience it.
Thank you for joining us on this Path to Perfect Peace.
This is the first in the “Practice True Shalom” series of blog posts, and the first in our overall “Path to Perfect Peace” series. Weekly blog posts will start in March 2021.