Preparing to celebrate a Passover Seder, Shalom rises in our hearts!
The book of Hebrews calls our Lord the God of Peace (13:20-21).
Considering much of the Old Testament and the course of history, some have said that God is a God of War. But this is simply not the case.
God does indeed make use of everything in this fallen world to accomplish his good and perfect will. And that does include the warfare that he finds in our hearts and between us. But as he does so, he is inviting us to join him in what he is doing and where he is going. Where is that? And what will describe in a word what we experience when we get there?
It certainly is not toward an eternity of warfare. No, the Bible insists on calling the eternity we are moving toward with God an eternity of peace.
The Biblical word for peace is Shalom. It is a word with an eternity of meaning in it. The Bible represents Shalom as a gift of God and uses it to describe a life of indescribable tranquility and prosperity, love and security – life bursting out at the seams with newness and grace and beauty!
Our God is the Lord of Peace!
“Now may the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you!” 2 Thessalonians 3: 16 NIV