God desires that His children enjoy all-round peace. One of God’s great names is Jehovah Shalom. Shalom – (shaw-lome’), is a Hebrew word translated as peace. According to Strong’s concordance, it means completeness, soundness, and welfare. It is derived originally from the word shalam (shaw-lame’), which means to make amends or to make whole.
“Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah Shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.” Judges 6:24
Literally, peace means freedom from disturbance. That is a moment of tranquility and absence of conflict or war. I will describe peace as calmness amidst the storms of life. So in the midst of disturbance, one experiences peace. This kind of peace is beyond human understanding. Having highlighted the meaning of peace, I will now discuss the source of peace and how we can live peacefully.
The Source of Peace
Earlier, I stated that the Almighty God is called Jehovah Shalom; which means the ‘Lord is Peace’. God is an embodiment of peace; so anyone connected to Him taps the virtue of peace. No man can give God’s kind of peace.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”John 14:27
This peace is eternal in nature and cannot be terminated by man or circumstances. God is the One who gives peace to His children and also keeps them in perfect peace.
“Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means…” 2 Thes. 3:16
The peace which God gives the believer goes beyond any earthly peace and anxiety. It is one of the spiritual blessings God releases to His children as Psalms 29:11 says, “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”
God’s peace is perfect thereby making one to experience soundness of mind, spirit and body. The Bible says that the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:17).
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
This reveals that the kingdom of God is full of peace. Anyone who joins God’s family begins to enjoy peace by the help of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit takes over the thought pattern of anyone who receives Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
In Luke 2:14, the Bible says, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” So Jesus Christ came to give peace to the entire world. In the next message, I will discuss how to live in peace.