The letter “P” is next in our Alphabet of Faith series. The choice was one of the easier ones as we’ve made our way through the alphabet so far.
“P” stands for Peace!
“All I want is a little peace and quiet,” people frequently exclaim. “Peace,” said many in the hippie generation of the 1960s. World peace is often the topic of prayer of the Pope and many others too. “Peace” is a familiar greeting throughout Biblical history. It’s even used as a term of dismissal. The Hebrew word for “peace” is the one Hebrew word (the language of the Old Testament) that almost everyone knows – “shalom.” The word “peace” appears 247 times in the NIV Bible so it’s a pretty important concept.
No doubt about it; it’s an important word, to all of us too. Everyone wants peace. Everyone wants to have a peaceful day.
I checked it out in my Biblical and theological dictionaries and they define peace as “completeness,” “soundness,” “well-being” and “wholeness.” It’s also defined as a freedom from strife, both internal and external.
We all want peace in our marital, family, work, and social situations. The reality is that we don’t so often find peace as much as we bring peace. Peace is more a state of being that we project than it is an atmosphere we absorb. We can “make” peace. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Jesus came “to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:79) In fact, Jesus was prophesied to be the “Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) The ultimate peace is peace with God, something Jesus came to give us.
When I find myself to be in an unsettled state within, or in conflict with situations and people, I’m driven to the feet of the Prince of Peace. I need a close sense of His presence, for He’s the purveyor of peace. I need to remember His words to those of us who are believers in Him and followers of Him. I suspect you could use His words as well. “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)