Run to Jehovah Shalom, God Who is Peace. CRY OUT to the One Who...
Mk 4:39 "rebuked
the wind and said unto the sea,
still and the wind
ceased and there was
a great calm. (KJV).
The NASB translates is
as - "it became perfectly calm". Cannot Jehovah Shalom speak the same
words today to our restless hearts and minds, tossed here and there by winds
of fear, anxiety, distress, affliction, etc? You already know the answer
to this rhetorical question. The answer of course is that "HE
IS ABLE" as the
writer of Hebrews so eloquently phrases it...
Hebrews 2:18 (see note) For since He
in that which He has suffered, HE IS (continuously)
come to the aid of ("boetheo"
run to one's side upon hearing their CRY for help and to give them
assistance! See study
Jehovah Ezer: The LORD our Helper)
those who are (present
= continuously being)
tempted (see study
Hebrews 7:25 (see note)
ABLE also to save forever (KJV = "to
the uttermost") those who (continuously, habitually) draw near to God
through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.".
is your Jehovah Shalom. Know Him as your Peace. Come to Him in Whom alone
is perfect peace (shalom, shalom
Isa 26:3). Rest from your laborious anxious thoughts, taking
shelter in the Prince of Peace, your Lord Jesus Christ.
In the book of
there are 7 cycles which cover 350 years (+/- 50 yr or almost 25% of
Israel's history in the OT). Because
the sons of Israel did what was right in their own eyes, they did what was evil in the
eyes of Jehovah (especially worshiping other
so-called gods). Therefore God sold them into bondage and oppression. In their distress they
CRIED OUT to God (Jdg 3:9; 3:15; 4:5; 6:6; 6:7 see notes
but see Judges 10:10; 11; 12; 13; 14-notes) Who heard them and delivered them (cf
Ps 107:19, 20) - see Spurgeon's comments
Verse 20) by raising up a judge. When the judge
died they quickly chose to forsake the great I AM and to sin again and consequently God sold them again into slavery
- round and round the cycle went sinking further deeper into depravity (cf
finally coming to the most vile, despicable description of wickedness in all of
Scripture in (Judges17-21).
When men leave God, the evil they are capable of is unspeakable.
In Jdg 6:10
God says Israel was to fear (not a fear causing one to
shrink back but a reverence and awe causing one to bow down)
no one but God. In Jdg 6:11
Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress -- so clearly he was really hiding from
Midianite marauders. Given this context, can you imagine how
Gideon felt when the
Angel of the LORD appeared (although note Gideon does not
recognize Who He really is initially) and called him “valiant
[note] -- "warrior"
is gibbor translated "mighty" in "Mighty
God" Isa 9:6),
which is the same description given to David in (1Sa 16:18).
Gideon must have looked around and said “Are you speaking to me?” Isn't
there a little (or lot) of Gideon in all of us?
God called Gideon what he
would become, not what he was at the time of this encounter. God has a way
of coming to "nobodies" and changing them so that they exalt the only
"Somebody" worth exalting. In a similar way, God came to a
99 year old childless man named Abram and declared...
behold, My covenant is with you (Abram)
and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall
your name be called Abram ("Exalted father"), but your name shall be
Abraham ("father of many"); for I will make you the father of a multitude
of nations. (Genesis 17:5, 6) (See significance of
Our God is an awesome God...while others (or we ourselves) look at us and
see our weaknesses, flaws and failures, God looks at us and sees our
potential (in Christ). Don't underestimate what God can or will do in and
through your life if you are willing to submit to the Refiner's purifying
fire (see discussions on "refining" of believers - "I shall come forth as
pure gold" - see Job 23:10-note;
1 Peter 1:6; 1:7-see notes
1:7) and the Master's touch! Remember that God does
not save us and use us for what we are but for what by His great mercy and
grace we may become. So how was it possible for Gideon to be a “valiant
warrior”? The LORD was with him. And if
is with you (and He is if you have
believed and become a new creation in Christ),
you too can be a "valiant warrior" for 1 Jn 4:4
is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
before Gideon's eyes are opened to
Angel of the LORD as Jehovah Himself,
Gideon calls the Angel of the LORD
which is a polite term for
master, a title of respect. Note that another Name for our Messiah is
hidden in Gideon's question -- "if Jehovah is with us" is the
Hebrew phrase "yhwh 'immanu", the latter phrase reminding us
of course of "Immanuel" (combination of two words in
Hebrew "immanu + 'el),
"God with us" (Isa 7:14, 8:8, Mt 1:23).
Judges 6:13 (note) Then Gideon said to him, "O my
(Adonai), if the
with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His
miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the LORD
bring us up from Egypt ?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and
given us into the hand of Midian."
the LORD in the form of the
Angel of Jehovah, in his very midst and yet he
is filled with doubts and questions. How we all like Gideon need to have
the eyes of our heart enlightened that we might see Him in our midst and
His sovereign hand totally in control of every situation in our life (cf
Ep 1:17; 1:18; 1:19
In Judges 6:22
Gideon has his eyes opened and
comes to understand that the
Angel of Jehovah with Whom he had been speaking
"face to face" is actually Jehovah. This encounter caused Gideon to fear for his life (cf
God warned Moses ""You
cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live !") and immediately the LORD
calmed his fears speaking
to you, do not fear; you shall not die. (see note
The first time we see God as Jehovah Shalom, we see it in the
circumstance of a man in great fear, his peace disturbed because of the very real circumstances prevailing in Israel at that
time. And then when he realizes he has seen God, he thinks he is going to die.
His "theology" is unclear -- "if God is for us, then why are we
suffering"? But God opens
his eyes and he sees that the LORD is peace, the One Who will make Gideon
a valiant warrior. In days to come the LORD Who is peace will allow Gideon
to experience very distressing circumstances that can take away a man’s peace and yet Gideon
will be able to
remember that God is Jehovah Shalom. If you read the rest of the story you
will see he does not lay hold of the truth "perfectly" but he does place
his confidence in the the Lord's promises and provision and he
experiences victory in Jehovah Shalom. We too are like Gideon. Fearful,
slow to cast ourselves completely upon His steadfast covenant promises and
yet despite our faltering steps we find that when we draw near to Him in
truth, He is there, drawing nigh unto us (cp James 4:8-note),
promising that He will never leave us or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5-note). He is from everlasting to everlasting our Peace,
our Jehovah Shalom. Run by faith into this Strong Tower (see
Simple Inductive Study of Proverbs
18:10 - The Name of the LORD is a Strong Tower) when your peace is
disturbed and experience His perfect peace (shalom,
When most of us think about about peace, we think about "perfect"
circumstances and nothing disturbing our "peace". This is an accurate
definition of "peace' only as long as the circumstances are conducive to
peace. It is the only "peace" the world knows. But real peace doesn’t come
from without. Real peace comes from Jehovah Shalom and is an inner work of
grace. If you truly know God as Jehovah Shalom, you can still experience
His perfect peace in the midst of "troubled waters". Simon and Garfunkel sang a song
years ago called “Bridge over troubled waters” and in a sense Jehovah
Shalom is a believer’s “bridge” over troubled waters -- those
troubling, disturbing, distressing circumstances that are absolutely real
and tangible. And the wonderful truth is that because this peace is not
like the world gives but is supernatural, those “troubled waters” can be
present (and often are!) and yet you can still experience peace as you
recognize and appropriate the truth that Jehovah is your Shalom...Jesus (Jehovah) is your Peace. This recognition and appropriation first
involves knowing about it (cf "peace
multiplied to you
God and of Jesus our Lord"
see note 2Pe 1:2-note).
This process then involves your mind and your heart. It is possible to
experience perfect peace in troubling times, because you are crying out to
Jehovah Shalom, running into the Strong Tower of that great name and being
set securely on high, even in the midst of the whirlwind surrounding you.
That's what we are to do when we are distressed, worried, afraid, anxious,
or troubled. Set your mind on the things above, where Jehovah Shalom is
Isaiah 9:6 the context
Israel is in dire straits, having turned away from the one true
God, experiencing anything but inner peace. Yet despite Israel's spiritual
harlotry and apostasy, God through Isaiah speaks a beautiful promise and
prophecy of the Messiah Jesus, Jehovah Shalom. Click "He
Shall Be Called"
for lyrics and tune of a wonderful chorus based on Isaiah 9:6.
a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us and the
government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called
Mighty (same word translated
"warrior" in "valiant warrior")
do we lack peace? Isn’t it when we're experiencing adverse
circumstances and we think that we have to fix the problem? We take the whole weight of the troubling circumstances onto
our shoulders and we try to bear it alone, in our strength, our
Isaiah 9:6, God says to Israel in the midst of her
adversity -- your peace is not found in trying to fix your circumstances.
Your peace is found in Jehovah Shalom. Not only will the government rest
on His shoulders but the burdens and troubles you are experiencing will rest
on Him (cf Ps 55:22, Mt 11:28, 29, 30,
They are not to be upon you, but upon Him. And His name is “Wonderful
When you are anxious,
worried, distressed, where do you run for counsel? Who do you run to? Who
do you cry out to? It is in those times that we must run to Jehovah
Shalom, seeking the the mind of God, not the mind of man. Not that we
should never go to a counselor. But if that counselor does not lead us to
THE “Wonderful Counselor”, Jehovah Shalom, we can never experience His
perfect peace for it is only found in Him. This “Counselor” is also unlike
human counselors, for He is the "Mighty
God”, ('el gibbor) so who and what need you fear? He
Elyon” and He rules over all, including all the
circumstances -- whether good or bad -- that come into our lives. And
nothing can come into our lives that is not first “filtered” though His
fingers of love. He is the “Eternal
always ready with arms open wide (like Calvary's Cross) to receive you in
those times of distress. And His throne is always accessible to you so
that no matter what distress or difficulty you are experiencing, you can
"draw near with confidence to the throne of grace" to "receive mercy and
find grace to help in time of need." (see Hebrews 4:16-note,
cf Jer 33:3
see Spurgeon's devotional on Jer 33:3)
In any and every circumstance that comes blowing into your life to upset
your peace, you can cry out "Abba,
and you can experience genuine peace in His presence even in the face of the
storms of life.
As David says in Psalm 29:11
The LORD will bless
His people with
Spurgeon Comments on Psalm 29:11:
Power was displayed in the hurricane whose course this Psalm so grandly
pictures; and now, in the cool calm after the storm, that power is
promised to be the strength of the chosen. He who wings the unerring bolt,
will give to His redeemed the wings of eagles; He who shakes the earth
with His voice, will terrify the enemies of His saints, and give His
Why are we weak when we have divine
strength to flee to? Why are we troubled when the Lord's own peace is
ours? Jesus the mighty God
is our Peace (see note
-- what a blessing is this today! What a blessing it will be to us in that
day of the Lord which will be in darkness and not light to the ungodly!
Dear reader, is not this a noble
Psalm to be sung in stormy weather? Can you sing amid the thunder? Will
you be able to sing when the last thunders are let loose, and Jesus judges
quick and dead? If you are a
believer, the last verse is your heritage, and surely that will set you
Jesus is the Prince
the One Who rules over the kingdom of peace. Isaiah 53:5 reveals another
prophecy about the Messiah and shows us how it is only through Jesus our
Jehovah Shalom that we might experience perfect peace that passes all
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed
for our iniquities; The chastening for our
well-being (SHALOM – PEACE)
fell upon Him, and by His
scourging we are
healed. (NIV “the
punishment that brought us peace was upon him”). (Spurgeon's
The NKJV translates this verse "The chastisement for our peace
was upon Him" and the NIV somewhat interpretatively as "the
punishment that brought us peace".
So clearly Messiah’s chastening or punishment on the Cross of Calvary,
flung wide open the gates into the peace of the kingdom of which He is
Prince. And only through faith in this finished work, can any human being
ever experience perfect peace. There is no real peace apart from the
Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ. As Jesus taught
Nicodemus, one of the most
knowledgeable Jewish teachers in Israel “unless one is born again he
cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3), which is the kingdom of peace ruled by
the Prince of Peace.
Unless one believes in the Son, not just
intellectually (see study of
= believe) but in such a way that this belief results in an obedient
(not perfect) lifestyle (see related discussion of Paul's phrase the
obedience of faith) , he shall not see life (and peace) but in fact “the
wrath of God (quite the opposite of peace) abides on him.” (John 3:36). But
if a man or woman believes in Jesus, the separation (“death”
-- see Ro 5:12
between man and Holy God that came into the world because of sin, he can
finally experience peace with God because "the punishment that brought us
peace" (NIV) has fallen on Him. Now we in turn can experience peace with God
(cf Romans 5:1-note),
because the punishment we deserved has been experienced in full by the
Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, Jehovah Shalom.
if while we were
enemies (hateful, odious, hostile, opposed to God), we were reconciled (XRef's)
to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Torrey's Topic "Reconciliation
Reconcile implies a change in
relationship from enmity and strife to oneness and harmony. God did not need
to be reconciled to man. Man needed to be reconciled to God, so even "while we were
initiated the events ("chastisement of our well-being [or peace] fell on Him"
Isa 53:5) which made reconciliation possible. Why do we need reconciliation? When sin entered the world (Ge
3:7, 8, 9, 10, 11) it
brought spiritual death and separation of sinful man from holy God.
Adam and Eve even tried to hide from God and then Adam tried to blame Eve,
both of these actions that there had been a disruption of the perfect peace with God in the perfect setting
of Eden. And ever since
that rupture of peace, one of mankind's most coveted but illusive desires
has been for "perfect peace" once again made possible in Jesus, our
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have
peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have
overcome the world."
Where is peace? IN HIM. He is the Prince of Peace, Jehovah Shalom.
Why will you have tribulation? If you are a child of God, you will have
tribulation "because you are not of the world" and thus "the world hates
you" because they hated Him.
understand that our peace is not in found in peaceful circumstances but IN JEHOVAH SHALOM, because
He as our substitute received the
chastisement we deserved that we might experience His perfect peace (Isa
Now, let us reason together...if we desire His peace, it follows that of
primary importance, we must fully and intimately be acquainted with the
Source of peace, Jehovah Shalom. Eliphaz in seeking to give Job
counsel "encouraged" Job to...
Job 22:21 "Yield
intimately") now and
be at peace with Him. Thereby
good will come to you"
"acquaint now thyself with him and be at peace". Strong's
dictionary translates this Hebrew "show harmony with, be familiar
with, know intimately" and KJV translates it in another verse "cherish", all
of which convey the picture of "getting to know Him" more and
more. How? By understanding His
a Strong Tower and the righteous runs into it and are safe."
(Pr 18:10, See -
By understanding He is Jehovah
Shalom. By understanding His character as reflected in His
If you seek "with all your HEART, and with all your SOUL, and with all your
MIND, and with all your STRENGTH" (Mk12:30) to acquaint yourself with Him,
to know Him intimately, to "cherish" Him, you will
begin to experience His perfect peace regardless of the circumstances.
Continuing to reason together
how we are to experience His peace, it follows that to acquaint oneself
with Him, one must seek Him in His Word and live in obedience to it.
Those who love Thy law have
peace and nothing causes them
Great peace have they which love thy
law. What a charming verse is this! It dwells not with those who
perfectly keep the law, for where should such men be found? but with those
who love it, whose hearts and hands are made to square with its precepts
and demands. These men are ever striving, with all their hearts, to walk
in obedience to the law, and though they are often persecuted they have
peace, yea, great peace; for they have learned the secret of the
reconciling blood, they have felt the power of the comforting Spirit, and
they stand before the Father as men accepted. The Lord has given them to
feel his peace, which passed all understanding. They have many troubles,
and are likely to be persecuted by the proud, but their usual condition is
that of deep calm -- a peace too great for this little world to break.
And nothing shall offend them, or, "shall really injure them." "All
things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose." It must needs be that offences come, but
these lovers of the law are peacemakers, and so they neither give nor take
offence. That peace which is founded upon conformity to God's will is a
living and lasting one, worth writing of with enthusiasm, as the Psalmist
here does. (Spurgeon's
Great peace have they which love thy
law. Amidst the storms and tempests of the world, there is a perfect
calm in the breasts of those, who not only do the will of God, but "love"
to do it. They are at peace with God, by the blood of reconciliation; at
peace with themselves, by the answer of a good conscience, and the
subjection of those desires which war against the soul; at peace with all
men, by the spirit of charity; and the whole creation is so at peace with
them that all things work together for their good. No external troubles
can rob them of this "great peace," no "offences" or stumbling blocks,
which are thrown in their way by persecution, or temptation, by the malice
of enemies, or by the apostasy of friends, by anything which they see,
hear of, or feel, can detain, or divert them from their course. Heavenly
love surmounts every obstacle, and runs with delight the way of God's
commandments. --George Horne.
Great peace. Note that for "peace" the
Hebrew word is shalom: it signifies not only "peace," but also
perfection, wholeness, prosperity, tranquility, healthfulness, safety, the
completion and consummation, of every good thing; and so it is frequently
taken by the Hebrews; hence in salutations, wishing one the other well,
they say, shalom lekha, i.e, "peace be with thee"; as if one should say,
"may all things be prosperous with thee." --Thomas Le Blanc.
Great love to a great law.
Great peace under great disquietude.
Great upholding from all stumblingblocks
The psalmist does not say those who love to obtain "knowledge" about God but
those who love His Law. They love God's Holy Word. And because they love
God's Word, they saturate themselves with His Word and "meditate on
it day and night" (Joshua 1:8)
study on meditation) and find their "delight
is in the law of the
1:2,Spurgeon). The Christian who fills
his heart and mind with God’s Word will have a “built-in radar” for
detecting wrong thoughts. Right thinking is the result of daily meditation
on the Word of God.
had paid attention to My commandments ! Then your
(KJV - "peace")
would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of
If only you had paid attention to my commandments and done what I said,
your peace would have been like a river. Think about how you felt those
times you've been next to a peaceful, lazy flowing river. Nothing is more clearly
indicated in the Scriptures than that His desires toward all mankind and
especially toward His chosen people are desires of good. He has no
pleasure in the death of the wicked but only that he turn from his evil
way and live (Ezek 33:11). To this end the
Scriptures are full of the promise and purpose of peace, as show in
'If you walk in My statutes and keep My
commandments so as to carry them out (i.e., obedience)...God would "grant
in the land, so that you
may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate
harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your
Isa 32:17 And the work of
righteousness will be
peace, and the service of
righteousness, quietness and confidence forever
Is you know Him, you will know
His word. The two are synonymous. The work of righteousness
(that's obedience). Remember righteousness is doing what God says is
Warren Wiersbe writes the
following note regarding the phrase "The work of righteousness is
Note that when you are living in obedience to
God's commandments, no matter what is going on around you, you can have a
peace within, because you are walking in a manner worthy of the Lord to
please Him in all respects. Have you
been around people who had this quality? There was a serenity about them.
Where does it come from? From Jehovah Shalom. "You cannot separate
outward action and inward attitude. Sin always results in unrest (unless
the conscience is seared), and purity ought to result in peace. “And the
work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness
quietness and peace” (Isa 32:17). “But the wisdom that is from above is
first pure, then peaceable” (Jas 3:17). Right living is a necessary
condition for experiencing the peace of God. “The peace of God” is one
test of whether or not we are in the will of God. “Let the peace that
Christ can give keep on acting as umpire in your hearts” (see Colossians
If we are walking with the Lord, then the peace of God and the God of
peace exercise their influence over our hearts. Whenever we disobey, we
lose that peace and we know we have done something wrong. God’s peace is
the “umpire” that calls us “out”!" (Wiersbe
Bible Exposition Commentary)
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THAT CAN STEAL YOUR
DISARRAY and/or "OUT OF CONTROL"
What do you do when the
circumstances of your life are out of control and your peace is stolen?
Let's look at the condition of Jesus' disciples shortly after His
crucifixion. In John 20 we find the disciples hiding and fearful much like
Gideon in Judges 6. Their Master is dead and with His death it appears all
hope for their fledgling movement has vanished. These were external
circumstances are out of their control. Into this fearful situation comes
Jehovah Shalom...and what did Jesus say to this fearful band?
So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and
when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the
Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them,
be with you."
20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His
side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 So
Jesus said to them again,
be with you.;
as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."
When your externals
circumstances are out of control and out of your control, you need to
remember that God's peace is not found in externals but in the presence of
Jesus, your Jehovah Shalom.
So when those circumstance come and everything looks like it's falling
apart, cry out to Jehovah Shalom asking Him to be with you. And then give
thanks for His presence and His promise,
Hebrews 13:5, 6
that your character is free from the love of money, being
have (PAPNPD); for
, "I WILL NEVER
YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE
YOU," and thus we may "confidently
say (PAN) "THE
LORD IS MY
HELPER, I WILL NOT
) TO ME?".
The Amplified Version emphasizes the presence of 5 "negative's" in this
[God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up
nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not
in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax
My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]".
The disciples thought
Jesus had left them and they were frightened, but Jesus was there. He had told them He would be resurrected but
they had not fully understood and appropriated this truth. He was their Peace in the face of insurmountable odds
and an overpowering enemy and He
our Source of peace.
In the New Testament the Greek word
eirene, "peace," occurs ninety times. In classical Greek this word
described a time of rest when there was no war and people lived orderly,
tranquil lives. Later the concept of an inner, personal peace was added.
In the New Testament the meaning of peace was expanded to include the Old
Testament concept of `§alom. Spiritual peace or well-being is based on a
person's relationship with God (Rom. 5:1).
The birth of Christ was announced by angels who said, "Glory to God in the
highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:14).
The death of Christ removed the barrier between God and humankind. Paul
declared that God reconciled all things to Himself, "by making peace
through his blood, shed on the cross" (Col. 1:20; see also Eph. 2:14-18).
Christ's resurrection appearances brought greetings and benedictions of
peace to the disciples (John 20:19, 21, 26). The gospel itself is defined
as "the good news of peace through Jesus Christ" (Acts 10:36; see also
Eph. 6:15). Christ left a legacy of peace to His followers (John 14:27;
16:33) and assured them it was their inalienable privilege and possession
(Phil. 4:6-7). Paul's common greeting "grace and peace," in each of his
thirteen epistles (for example, Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3) is not simply a
wish; it is also a reminder of the gifts Christ grants to believers.
Christians are urged to pray for rulers and work for peace in their
communities so that they may enjoy peaceful and quiet lives and be
unhindered in proclaiming the gospel of peace (1 Tim. 2:1-2).—DKC
IMAGINATION THAT "RUNS
Imagination is anything that
is not absolute fact. What do you do when the anxiety producing thoughts
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the
flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely
powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying
speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God,
and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
We are destroying speculations
-- your husband does not come home. You begin to imagine certain things.
Your child doesn't come home on time or doesn't call. You begin to imagine
he's been run over. He's kidnapped. He's lost. If you don't bring these
thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ it just brings torment. You
bring that thought to the Lord and you "Philippians 4:8
(note) it" -- it this thought true,
honorable, etc? If not then do not think upon it. Then you will have
Philippians 4:6 (Click
note) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Be anxious for nothing
means literally to stop being
anxious, stop being How? in everything by prayer where the specific
word for prayer is proseuche which means to look
at the CHARACTER OF GOD, at God as He is, His Names, His attributes, His character
whereas supplication refers to making specific
requests from God. "Proseuche" is the general word for making requests
known to the Lord and carries the ideas of adoration, devotion, and worship.
Whenever we find our imagination running wild and tearing our mind apart
with worry, our first action ought to be to get alone with God and worship
and adore Him focusing on His greatness and majesty. It's amazing how problems
take on a different perspective.
We must realize that El Elyon is in control and can handle our problems
one way or another (see Dan 3:17, 18-note). Too often we rush into the
Holy of holies and hastily tell Him our needs, when we ought to approach His
throne of grace calmly and in deepest reverence.
Warren Wiersbe comments that...
"Paul counsels us to take
“everything to God in prayer.” “Don’t worry about anything, but pray
about everything!” is his admonition. We are prone to pray about the
“big things” in life and forget to pray about the so-called “little
things”—until they grow and become big things! Talking to God about
everything that concerns us and Him is the first step toward victory
over worry...remember that Paul was chained to a Roman soldier,
guarded day and night. In like manner, “the peace of God” stands
guard over the two areas that create worry—the heart (wrong feeling)
and the mind (wrong thinking). When we give our hearts to Christ in
salvation, we experience “peace with God” (see Romans 5:1-note); but the “peace of God” takes us a step farther
into His blessings. This does not mean the absence of trials on the
outside, but it does mean a quiet confidence within, regardless of
circumstances, people, or things. Daniel gives us a wonderful illustration
of peace through prayer. When the king announced that none of his subjects
was to pray to anyone except the king, Daniel went to his room, opened his
windows, and prayed as before (Da 6:1-10-note).
Note how Daniel prayed. He “prayed, and gave thanks before his God” (Da
6:10-note) and he
made supplication (Da 6:11-note).
Prayer—supplication—thanksgiving! And the result was perfect peace in the
midst of difficulty! Daniel was able to spend the night with the lions in
perfect peace, while the king in his palace could not sleep (Da 6:18-note)." (Wiersbe,
W: Bible Exposition Commentary. 1989. Victor
Offering thanks means that you
trust Him that whatever the circumstance, He has allowed it and is in
complete control. And then the peace independent of tumultuous
circumstances will like a guard stationed at the post keep intruders from
entering your heart (emotional) and your mind (volitional) in Christ. There you are
in a panic, anxiety virtually freezing you and you cry out to Him and He
Himself sets a guard over you, "in Christ Jesus", your Jehovah Shalom
standing guard often the racing anxious thoughts trying to penetrate your
heart and mind.
Isa 26:3 "The
steadfast of mind Thou will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in
Thee. 4 "Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD, we have an
everlasting Rock ("a Rock of Ages")
Wrong thinking leads to
wrong feeling, and before long the heart and mind are pulled apart and we
are strangled by worry. We must realize that thoughts are real and
powerful, even though they cannot be seen, weighed, or measured. We must
“taking every thought captive to the
obedience (hupo = under + akouo = hear >
"hear under" which conveys picture of listening and submitting to that which
is heard = involves a change of attitude of the hearer)
of Christ” (2Co 10:5-note).
Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny!
The Mind is stayed on Thee
parallels Philippians 4:8
(note) showing that you trust God to be Who He is.
Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any
excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these
things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in
me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you. (See
notes on Phil
Whatever is true
Walter Cavert reported a survey on worry that indicated that only 8% of
the things people worried about were legitimate matters of concern! The
other 92% were either imaginary, never happened, or involved matters over
which the people had no control anyway. Satan is the liar (John 8:44), and
he wants to corrupt our minds with his lies (2Cor 11:3). “Yea, hath God
said?” is the way he approaches us, just as he approached Eve (Gen 3:1, 2,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). The Holy Spirit controls our minds through truth (John
17:17; 1Jn 5:6), but the devil tries to control them through lies. Whenever we believe a
lie, Satan takes over! (See related resources - Mt 6:25, 25, 27, 28, 29,
30, 31, 32, 33, 34 - see
Jesus' admonition "do not be worried"
6:25ff; See also
Fear, How to Handle It)
FAILURE TO BE FILLED WITH
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation (an abandoned,
dissolute life, profligacy, prodigality, portrays utter recklessness in
expenditure on part of those who have lost self-control) but be filled
= continually, controlled
by, permeated with) with the Spirit, (note what a person controlled
by the Spirit looks like)19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the
Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ to God, even the Father and 21 and be subject (present
hupotasso click word study) to one
another in the fear of Christ. (and then he mentions the actions
called for and possible in Spirit controlled wives and husbands) (Ep
5:18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24;See notes
24; See also Wayne Barber's
excellent series on
Both wine and the Holy Spirit
do their work deep in the human psyche. They affect people below the level
of consciousness, down at the foundations of personality. The Spirit is
not merely WITH God's people but IN them and it
is God's will that He control us and empower us. Thus God commands believers to be filled
with His Spirit. How do you get filled? Note that "filled"
is passive voice so you can't conjure this up. It is a work that God does.
But He does it to willing vessels. So we must come to Him and seek Him His
face, asking Him to control
us (filled means controlled as discussed in more detail below). And it flows out. When He fills you.
(note) fruit of the Spirit
is peace. If you are filled with the
Spirit, you have peace.
The idea of "BEING FILLED" (see
word study on pleroo the Greek word for
filled) conveyed several thoughts to the Greek hearer.
First, "being filled" was often used of the WIND FILLING A
SAIL and thereby carrying the ship along. To be filled with the Spirit
is to be moved along in our Christian life by God Himself, by the same
dynamic by which the writers of Scripture were “moved by the Holy Spirit”
(see 2Peter 1:21-note).
pleroo carries the idea of
PERMEATION, and was used of salt’s permeating meat in order to flavor
and preserve it. God wants His Holy Spirit to so permeate the lives of His
children that everything they think, say, and do will reflect His divine
has connotation of TOTAL
CONTROL. The person who is filled with sorrow (Jn 16:6) is no longer
under his own control but is totally under the control of that emotion. In
the same way, someone who is filled with fear (Lk 5:26), anger (Lk 6:11),
faith (Acts 6:5), or even Satan (Acts 5:3) is no longer under his own
control but under the total control of that which dominates him. To be
filled in this sense is to be totally dominated and controlled, and it is
the most important sense for believers. To be filled with the Spirit (see
is not to have Him somehow progressively added to our life until we are
full of Him. It is to be under His total domination and control. In sum,
if you cannot be filled with and controlled by both fear (not referring here to godly
fear equating with a reverential awe of the thrice holy God)
and the Spirit at the same time.
RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE
If you are feeling troubled go
through this check list and see why your peace has left you.
Colossians 3:12 And so, as those
who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with
one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against
anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 And beyond
all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 And
let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were
called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly
dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another
with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in
your hearts to God. (Col 3:12; 13; 14; 15; 16-See notes
Let the peace of God rule in
your heart = The idea of the Greek word "rule" is to be like an "umpire".
Many use this verse for making decisions and that is a possible
application of the verse. However from the context Paul is instructing the
saints at Colossae that if there is a
conflict (unforgiveness, bitterness, etc), they were to let God's peace rule
in their heart. Blessed are the peacemakers. Let God's peace umpire.
"I'm going to give them what they
"When they get right
with me, then I'll get right with them.", etc
Why not? Because that
is not letting peace rule in your heart, but in fact is letting
"sin reign in your mortal body"
and is "presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of
unrighteousness" (Ro 6:12; 6:13see
You cannot serve two masters. Broken
relationships and a desire to "get even" will steal your peace but
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
shall be called sons of God (see Mt 5:9-note)
(See related discussion on "forgive us as we forgive others"! Think about
what we are asking for! See Matthew 6:12, 13, 14-note)
The Greek word for blessed
see note) describes those who is in the world yet independent of the
world for their satisfaction for their contentment comes from God and not
from favorable circumstances. Jesus said
see note) are you when people insult you and persecute you, and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. "Rejoice and be
glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Mt 5:11; 12-see notes
So "blessed are you" does not mean "untroubled are you" or
"healthy are you" or "admired are you" or "prosperous are you"! It means "between
you and God all is well." You are deeply secure, profoundly content,
happy in God - even if you are weeping over the pain of a struck body, a
perplexed mind, or a heartbreaking relationship. Don't let broken
relationships still this blessed state of peace and contentment which are
independent of the circumstances.
WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN THE WILL OF GOD
To be in the will of God is to
have wisdom from above on how to handle a situation.
James 3:13 Who
among you is wise and understanding ? Let him show by his good
behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter
jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant boast
one's self to the injury of a person or thing) and so lie against
the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is
earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition
exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the WISDOM from
above is first pure, then PEACEABLE, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and
good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is
righteousness is sown in PEACE by those who make PEACE
Wisdom is knowing how to take
truth and apply it to life. Wisdom is application of knowledge. Wisdom is
walking in the truth. Wisdom from above is pure, peaceful, etc. When you
lack peace it is time to wrestle with the Lord in prayer. In Romans 12:1, 2
12:2) teaches the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect. When you know that
you have the will in your heart which is good and acceptable and perfect, you
will have peace.
WHEN PEACE LEAVES
CHECK TO SEE IF GOD WANTS TO REVEAL SOMETHING
Have you been "burdened" in
your heart, you go to Jehovah Shalom and wrestle with Him. He may have
given you this burden so that you pray and intercede.
THERE IS NO PEACE
WHEN THERE IS SIN IN
or unbelieving, never have true inner peace, because God makes it very
"There is no peace for the wicked’
Confess your sin according to 1Jn 1:9
(implying a repentance or turning from the sin). Nothing that does not
bring forth the peaceful fruit of righteousness is worth holding on to. So
you must forsake that sin.
When peace leaves you, check
1) Your externals
2) Your imaginings
3) Your "gas" tank (what are
you filled with? Spirit or flesh?)
4) Your relationships for any that might be broken
5) Your heart for any unconfessed sin.
When you are afraid, put your trust in
Jehovah Shalom. He is the answer to your anxious thoughts, your worry,
your distress and He wants to keep you in perfect peace because He is the
Prince of Peace, and because He is, He can give peace. Then walk in the
light, in obedience to His word to maintain that peace.
Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempests vex the sea;
But calm content and peace we find,
When, Lord, we turn to Thee.
-- William Cowper