And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
When we don’t have harmony we don’t have joy. We aren’t in synch. When you tweak Romans 8:28, you get this definition of shalom.
“All things work together for good with all those who are synchronized with God.”
That’s God’s purpose for us. To be synchronized with him. Joy and shalom. And God even models this for us.
Think of creation. God enjoys creating the universe and all that exists, you can call this the high-joy of creation. Then what happens? Shalom. Remember? What does God do on the seventh day? He moves to shalom. God rests. God himself experiences the quiet and contentment that shalom brings.
So, it is no shock, because joy brings with it high amounts of energy, we will eventually crash with too much joy. God designed us to rest.
Just like God at creation, we need a break where we quiet ourselves, too. This is why it is a measure of growth in maturity when we are capable of self-quieting. Quieting after high-joy and quieting after upset. The more quickly we return to joy, the more we exhibit we are in synch. In a few weeks we will look at this in greater detail, but for now let’s focus generally on this fundamental truth.
The peace of God, the shalom Jesus brings into the world, is not simply about no more wars or no more conflict. It is this, but it is so much more. You will think of this now, the next time you hear the phrase, “Prince of Peace.” Jesus is the Prince of Shalom, but this is way more than just about violence and war. Jesus is the Prince of Peace because no matter what is happening around us, eventually, everything is going to be alright.
And because we experience true shalom through our identity as God’s children, shalom means everything is going to be alright, even if I don’t know why. God is our shepherd.
You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God. I,
the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”
When troubles come and worry follows, God speaks to us. “Don’t worry. I’ve got this.”
When do you get he most upset? Why do you think that is?