Have we all forgotten what REAL peace looks like?
You may not notice peace until it’s gone.
Just call me “Complacent Kathy.” I was generally at peace and had no clue. Until my 1st grocery shopping trip of the pandemic. The governor had shut down the state. People were dying. People in my community! And not only was I shopping for my 80+ y.o. MIL with heart problems, but I’m an asthmatic with multiple cases of pneumonia under my belt. And I’d been hospitalized during the whole Swine flu thing.
So I chose to use the reserved shopping hour of 6:00 am. I wore 2 masks, gloves, and a face shield. I carried my own wipes to wipe down things before I touched. And I sprayed everything down before it came into my car.
I watched people I knew hug each other and talk just inches apart – without masks, and I begged off their invitations to join in.
When it was over, I sat in my car and cried. I was in full-blown panic mode. And Hubby graciously did the shopping for the next few months.
Me? I didn’t go any farther than my back porch for 6 weeks! Not even out the front door to pick up the mail! I had lost all sense of peace.
YAHWEH Shalom/Jehovah Shalom means The LORD is Peace. [yah-WEH sha-LOME] It was the name Gideon gave an altar after he had a face-to-face with the Angel of the LORD. He was worried about an approaching army, and his visitor told him what to do about it — even calling him a mighty warrior when he greeted him. Then, when Gideon realized he’d been talking directly to the Angel of the LORD, he started worrying that he would be struck dead. Judges 6:23-24 shows us what happened next:
Included in a blessing from God
Peace is something we should spread
It can still your mind
It isn’t for wimps
Obtained at a price
- Is. 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” So, (a) keep your mind on God; and (b) trusting Him
- Phil 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” He even gives us a list – an extensive list – of things to focus on instead in verses 8-9:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
- You can read an old post from 2015 about this same passage here.