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If you were to write down how our current culture defines the word peace you would probably discover a lot of different answers. Some would say that peace is a lack of conflict. You’re “at peace” with others as long as you’re not experiencing conflict with them. Others may say that peace is a lack of stress or anxiety.
But in ancient Jewish culture, individuals and families would often greet one another by saying, “Peace (Shalom).” This Hebrew word isn’t simply a lack of conflict, but instead means ‘completeness’ or ‘well-being.’ As such, it wasn’t merely a greeting, but a personal blessing. Saying, “Shalom,” in greeting was akin to saying, “May you experience completeness and the presence of God this day.”
Similarly, those who sought shalom knew that it could only be experienced as a gift from God. It couldn’t be purchased. It couldn’t be found in work or relationships. Instead, God’s people knew they could only experience real peace in Him. This principle continues to apply to us today.
What is peace? Peace is knowing that Jesus is all we really need.
READING & JOURNALING:
What do you think it means that Jesus is the Prince of Peace? How would you describe this title to somebody else?
Heavenly Father, as I begin this next week of Advent I simply pray that I would experience your Shalom this week – the peace that only You can provide. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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