I’m excited to welcome Donna M.Z. Hoover back for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday as she explores what it means when we refer to God as Jehovah Shalom.
Although we have gadgets at our fingertips that provide every form of entertainment, along with the technology to keep us connected at all times, somehow it has left us feeling empty and more alone than ever. People are searching for the way to happiness. Many feel like they are just one new job, relationship, or car away from the answer to their longing. It is soon discovered that an abundance of money or the perfect circumstances cannot bring that for which the soul is really crying out. This is because what we truly crave does not come from outward circumstances.
What every heart desires is really quite simple, but it is something that will never be found in the natural. We are searching for our deepest inner desire and need —for peace (shalom)— and that can be found in only one person, Jesus Christ.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of the promise of the coming of the Prince of Peace.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
This promise was fulfilled on the night that Jesus was born. The Angels declared, “Glory to God in the highest realms of heaven! For there is peace and a good hope given to the sons of men.” Luke 2:14 (Passion)
Shalom Means Peace
Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace, and it is one of the most prevalent Biblical concepts of the Old Testament, being mentioned 180 times. Much like the Hawaiian word, “aloha” shalom is used as both a greeting and a farewell. It has a rich meaning in Hebrew indicating a sense of tranquility, or the state of calm, without anxiety or stress. The root meaning of shalom is to be whole or sound, indicating completeness, wholeness, well-being, welfare, and peace. It also includes the idea of energy and abundance in all areas of life, with health for both our souls and spirits.
Our divine quest for peace is put there by our Creator, and it is ultimately our desire to be reconciled to Him. When we find salvation in the Lord, Jehovah Shalom, we find peace. All that Christ did through the cross and resurrection, destroying the rule of sin and death, brought peace between God and man. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God though our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 (NIV)
Eternal Peace with God
In addition to reconciling us to God, Christ’s sacrifice gives us yet even more than this eternal peace. He promised as he left the earth to leave with us a Comforter, the Holy Spirit who lives within us and guides us through life. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”Galatians 5:22 & 23a (NIV)
Does Peace Feel Elusive?
Perhaps you know Jesus and find that you are still lacking peace. Consider whether you are worrying about things that only Jesus can handle. Whether it be financial, health, or relationship difficulties, we are to rely on Jesus to sustain us and provide for us. We were not meant to carry the burden of this life on our own shoulders. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV): ”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The Bible also tells us, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
It is said that worry is the opposite of faith. Today is the day to let go of fear, stress, and concerns about the future. It is our inheritance to enjoy freedom from anxiety and care. Remember to call upon the name of the Lord as you face any trial or tribulation, and remember Jesus’s promise to us when he says,
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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”John 14:27 (NIV)
Donna is a poet, artist, and writer who regularly contributes feature articles to Vacaville Magazine. Her hobbies include acting, singing, photography, exploring new recipes for healthy eating, and watching tiny hedgehog videos on YouTube. (It’s a real thing!) She is currently overcoming inertia, and working on material for a blog site she will launch later this year.
She has an extensive background in media production, having produced hundreds of television commercials and shows, engaging her skills in scriptwriting, shooting and editing. Her deep love for animals led her to produce and host her own show, BowWowMeow, and she has also worked as writer and host of many specialty shows. Additionally, she emceed several live televised events, including the Fiesta Days Parade in Vacaville for nine years, and the United Way Telethon.
She has served in women’s ministry writing devotionals and producing videos, and is currently working full-time in media production.
She lives in Northern California with her very patient and amazing husband, Steven, and two exceptionally fluffy Ragdoll cats, Boodles and Tiki, and loves spending time with friends and family.