7th October 2020
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
This is one of those verses that I have personally embraced deeply, as there has been a lot of brokenness along my life's journey. But here's the thing, God is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit, and the process of His healing power is very real and it is continual.
No matter what our minds try to tell us, this verse says that as we pray, God's peace will exceed anything that we understand! In these uncertain times, that is surely something that we need more than ever!
I was born with Jewish Grandparents and a Jewish Mother. I am thankful for my lineage and I love the depth of Middle Eastern languages. The Hebrew word for peace is the word Shalom, and it actually means - harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility.
This verse says to make our requests be known and He will keep our hearts and minds safe in union with Him. He promises us HIS peace, HIS Shalom!
It is good for us to understand the depth of what Jesus was saying when He said, "My peace I leave with you”, as He was saying, “My Shalom I leave with you!”.
To gain some insight into the depth of what He was saying, we need to remind ourselves of the fullness of the Hebrew meaning. So, when we read this word peace (Shalom), we can be encouraged that Jesus was pronouncing a blessing so full, so complete and so deep:
That you would be whole in your body, soul, and spirit;
That you would know peace as protection, covering, and safety;
That the deepest desires of your heart would come to pass;
That you would know completeness in every area of your life;
That you would know prosperity, providence, and provision;
That every covenant promise would be accomplished in your life.