In a world that is constantly getting worse holding your peace can seem impossible. However scripture doesn’t encourage us to embrace the temperature of the world for regulating our internal thermostat. Rather we are given something the world cannot have. A peace that comes from out of this world, but like the garden of Eden our ability to live in this peace requires our willingness to embrace it.
Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
How good it is to know that as the world spirals out of control we can overflow with the fruit of peace in abundance. One of the greatest benefits of eternal life is that the greatest fear of the world doesn’t have to be ours, death.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Corinthians gives us comfort in knowing that we have victory over mankind’s greatest enemy on earth. Those of us in Christ, while we aren’t rushing to our demise can take comfort in knowing that our demise on this end leads to eternal bliss on the other.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev 21:4)
Therefore when we see the end of the reign of tyranny of humanity we can rejoice in the beginning of the millennial reign and beyond of our Messiah.
In Hebrew the word for peace is “Shalom” and when you look at the characters of this word in the Ancient Hebrew it paints a very poignant picture for us of what peace does for us and to us. The first character in Hebrew for Shalom is “sheen” and this character resembles two teeth, and it means to destroy or consume. As it is the natural result of what occurs when we chew.
The second character is “lamed” which is the picture of a shepherds staff. This character means authority as we see in the case of Moses who uses his staff to turn into a serpent, water into blood, and to dry up Red Seas. No small wonder this is the weapon of choice by the Almighty to wield before the enemy to reveal His authority in the earth with. The third character is “vav” which is the picture of a nail and with a nail we establish a wall, secure a building add on to an existing structure. We know from our faith that our salvation was established by the nails that pinned our Messiah to the post that would be necessary to secure our eternal home.
Finally, the last character is “mem” which is the picture of waves. This character for the Hebrew people was associated with the flood of Noah and as a result carries the meaning of chaos in addition to its principle meaning of waves. These waves represent so many thing to us as believers as we see them in water, but science reveals that waves also exist in sound, and light as well. These meanings when put together reveal that we have peace when we allow him, the King of Glory to “Destroy the Authority that Establishes Chaos” as we “Consume the Authority of His Established Word”.