We live in a time on earth where life is fast paced, full of demands, deadlines, and the unexpected. There are so many different aspects of life that require every ounce of our energy and attention. Whether it’s our families, our jobs, friendships, school or just life in general–peace is something we yearn for, yet it doesn’t seem tangible. If we’re not careful, peace is something we can see as far off; that if we do everything just perfectly and when everything falls into place, then we will have peace. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
What comes to mind when you think of peace? Is it solitude, a vacation, rest, quiet time, a lack of conflict or a lack of hardship?
The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom”, which means to be safe in mind, body or estate. It speaks of complete fullness, completeness and wholeness. It simply means, “it is well with me.” (Judges 6:24 refers to the Lord as “Yahweh Shalom.”)
The wonderful thing about peace is that it’s not a fantasy or something we have to strive for. It’s a present reality that the Holy Spirit produces within us! Galatians 5:22-23 in the Passion Translation discusses the fruits of the Spirit and refers to peace as a subduer. To subdue means to overcome, overwhelm, conquer & bring under control.
To have Peace that Subdues requires me to live a life yielded to the Holy Spirit! It requires daily, even hourly moments of acknowledging, and receiving this work from Him. A simple prayer in a moment of stress or chaos that says “Holy Spirit I need YOUR peace right now” is all it often takes. He is faithful to supply those needs. Peace is a very real, available, and powerful thing that we can – even SHOULD experience regularly!
Wherever you may be in your present season, our prayer for you is this – “May your life will be ruled by the Prince of Peace. May He be your perfect peace in the midst of hardship; in the midst of making decisions for yourself, for your family, on a job, those you may lead and in every facet of your life.”
Peace doesn’t fix chaos and it doesn’t answer the unanswerable. Peace simply makes us able to walk through it! He desires this Peace for you, His Bride, that He so willingly gave Himself for.
Is it well with you, friend? Link up with Jehovah Shalom, the Prince of Peace & let Him lead you through the path of life.
– Pastor Cole and Pastor Eva