Early in my marriage, when my husband was in the military, I would get very stressed and anxious every time we received orders to move to a new duty station. Being a military wife comes with a unique set of challenges and one of those is moving every 2-3 years, having to adjust to new living arrangements, and navigating lifestyle transitions. As I reflect on these circumstances in my life, I understand that I was relying on myself rather than on God and his Word.
Shalom is a Hebrew word for peace, but it also means “safety,” “completeness,” and “wholeness” as well. Shalom comes from living in harmony with God. When the Lord brings peace, it is always a complete peace, and this place of peace is a place of power. God is the source of true shalom. No matter how turbulent things can get, we can be at peace regardless of circumstances. Isaiah 26:3 states, “I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.”
How do we find inner peace in the world we live in today? As we read the Scriptures and discover the Bible is full of great and encouraging promises, our confidence will grow as we plant these truths in our hearts. Designing our lives on the foundation of God’s word and fervent prayer will equip us to live in the presence of God and his peace. The Lord can help us guard our hearts and minds and give us the peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Father, I long for peace, the peace that only you can give. Help me to live at peace within my own heart and with those around me. Thank you for your promises in the Bible that remind me of your perfect peace. Amen.
Go Deeper — What definition of shalom means the most to you right now? Spend time in prayer and ask God to instill that in your heart more and more.
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