“Shalom” in the Hebrew language means, “peace” and is used in the Middle East today as we would use the terms “hello” and “goodbye” here in America. This Hebrew word though has deeper connotations than the words we use for greeting others. This word actually means “wholeness,” or “completeness.” One is wishing for another that they might be at peace, feel complete, or experience a sense of wholeness. It’s kinda beautiful, right?
That feeling though is so difficult to find and hold on to. Everyone is looking for that sense of completeness, and often times its placed into the wrong things or wrong people. How many times have you done this and been let down? Either by a person or a group of people?
You know where I’m going with this.
1 John tells us that falling in love with the world is dangerous. So we keep his advice and make sure we’re not in love, but whats to wrong with wanting those things (acceptance, possession, love)? The thing is we often tell ourselves we’re not in love with the world, while at the same time only desiring the things that are in it. When our hearts are set on anything other than God, they become our gods. Those gods cannot give peace like the Living God can. They don’t even offer anything that looks like peace. What they give is distraction. They provide momentary happiness.
It’s like taking a spoon and getting a big ol’ scoop of chocolate ice cream and putting it in your mouth. Its perfect. Not to cold to make your teeth hurt and oh… oh so chocolaty.. you don’t want that moment to end so you don’t chew it up or swallow it. You just hold it in your mouth. Well, as we both know, it’s going to melt. Not to soon after it melts its gonna get warm. And you know what your left with? Warm milk. Is there anything more disgusting than warm milk? Maybe I lost you in this analogy. But you get my point.
This world cannot give you what you want. It cannot give you perfect peace. A type of peace that surpasses understanding and leaves you feeling whole. It may offer a momentary distraction, but is that what you really want? I didn’t think so.
Christ offers peace. He is the only one who can do this, as he is the one who gives definition to the word peace. Completeness means to be fully who you are capable of being and lacking in nothing. Christ is the only one capable of giving you that because he is lacking in nothing. He invites you to experience eternal peace with him. Stop hesitating. Give your thoughts of inadequacy up to him, and he will make you whole. Stop looking for your missing pieces, and find the peace only found through Christ.
Verses to consider: 1 John 2:15-17; 1 Peter 5:10; Isaiah 54:10; Matthew 11:28-30; John 16:33; Philippians 4:6-7