Sar-Shalom – Prince of Peace
One of my favorite Bible promises is peace. This has been especially true since March 2020. As with some promises, though, God’s peace is conditional on my acceptance. You cannot wrestle a thrashing person to the ground, sit on their head and call it “peace” now, can you? Peace is a treaty that requires action on both sides. Philippians 4:6 lays out the conditions: Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything, be thankful. When I do my part, the Prince of Peace reigns in my heart as only He can (verse 7).
Of course, if I could turn off my monkey mind and stop tormenting myself with pictures of doom, would I need to accept God’s offer of peace?
You see, the peace God offers isn’t just a temporary pause in the war of the mind. Isaiah calls Jesus the Sar Shalom (Isaiah 9:6). Shalom means much more than the cessation of battle. The word conveys all good things—life as it should be. This Prince tells us that He came so that we could have abundant life (John 10:10). He said the peace He gives is not the shaky, contingent affair given by the world (John 14:27), but Shalom based on knowing the One who has the power to still the wind and the waves (Mark 4:39 KJV), the One Who has promised never to leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and Who will never change His mind about that (Hebrews 13:8).
Will you sign the peace treaty God offers? Can you believe it? All things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23)!
What do these verses show you about the nature of God?