Shalom Aleikhem: Peace Be Upon You |Devotion Day 208
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3, KJV).
Shalom Aleikhem! Your peace of mind is tied to your place of mind. That is, whatever you place your mind on, affects your state of mind. And, whatever affects your state of mind, affects your state of peace as well. At any given moment, consciously or not, your mind is set on something. Where you focus your mind is entirely up to you. Peace doesn’t begin on the outside. It begins on the inside of you.
Furthermore, peace doesn’t come automatically. It is God’s gift to you, but He needs you to position yourself to receive it and keep it. The kind of peace today’s Bible passage talks about comes to those who walk in the ways of the Lord. God is not promising a perfect set of circumstances; He is promising perfect peace. You can have the perfect peace of God regardless of the storms raging in your life. Why? Because God’s peace is divine; as such, it is “weather-proof.” All God requires is that your heart and mind are fixed upon Him.
God says He will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on Him. The expression “perfect peace” does not occur in the original Hebrew of this passage. In the Hebrew, the expression used is “shalom, shalom.” Therefore, if it had been translated literally, it would mean, God will keep you in peace, peace. It is probable that the KJV translators chose “perfect peace” instead of “peace, peace” to avoid awkwardness in the English language. Still, “perfect peace” is acceptable.
Shalom-shalom means double peace, i.e. peace times (x) peace equals perfect peace. The word shalom itself is very rich in meaning. It means any combination of the following: peace of mind, welfare, well-being, safety, health and prosperity. Interestingly, when Jesus rose from the dead, He gave His Apostles a double blessing of peace (cf. John 20:19-21). God says He will bless you with a double portion of peace if your mind is stayed on Him.
God is showing you the secret to long-lasting peace. From today, make an effort to rest your mind upon Him always. Make Him the number one desire of your soul. Delight yourself in His Word and meditate on it day and night (cf. Psalm 1:1-2).
Shalom Aleikhem! Peace be upon you!
For further study: Philippians 4:4-9