I’m guessing when David wrote those words many, many years ago, it never crossed his mind that one day there would be someone comparing God’s peace to an over- the-counter cold medicine. But, it’s true, there are times when our head hits the pillow and the aches and pains of this world threaten to consume us.
Over the past few days, I’ve heard news of so much pain, in the lives of both friends and complete strangers. I am reminded of this verse in John.
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33 Message
This morning I took some time to look more closely at one of the many names of God, Jehovah-Shalom means The Lord Our Peace. In my search, I came across three specific ways this applies to our lives.
Jesus Christ is our peace with God.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
Jesus Christ is our peace with one another.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace, raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 3: 17-18)
Jesus Christ in our peace within.
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)