Written by: Jen Eicher
Geek “Eileen” – peace, one quiet, rest. From a root word meaning tie together into a whole
Hebrew “Shalom” – completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
According to Strong’s, the word peace shows up 2,965 times in the Bible.
A life of peace is a life of togetherness, contentment, and stillness.
When peace is lacking
Their feet run to evil,
And they hasten to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
Devastation and destruction are in their highways.
They do not know the way of peace,
And there is no justice in their tracks;
They have made their paths crooked,
Whoever treads on them does not know peace. – Jeremiah 59:7-9
In this passage in Jeremiah, we see a connection between peace and justice. While God is, absolutely, a God of love, He is also a just God. When we see iniquity and injustice, there is a lack of peace. It would seem that peace and injustice cannot co-exist. As a matter of fact, the two seem to be mutually exclusive.
How do we obtain peace?
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ – Romans 5:1
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you – Isaiah 26:3
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble – Psalm 119:165
These passages are clear that peace comes from God. When we put our trust in God, when our faith is strong, and we love God’s law, we will experience peace. So, why is it that so many Christians lack peace?
Perhaps we have a lack of trust in God. For many of us, we want to create our own safety net…just in case. Perhaps we don’t fully love the things God loves. And perhaps, God is not our firm foundation in times of trouble.
Jesus’ words brought peace to the disciples
In John 16, Jesus gives the disciples a warning. Jesus is about to die. Life is about to get difficult for the disciples. He tells them they will grieve, they will weep and mourn. In this world, they will have troubles. The pains they are about to experience are like that of a woman in labor.
However, Jesus says He will send an advocate for them (verse 7): the holy Spirit. And Jesus reminds them (verse 33) to take heart, because He has overcome this world.
No, life will not always be easy for us. But we are promised peace. If we fix our eyes on Christ, even in the most troubling of times, we can have peace. We can experience contentment and stillness.