My husband has been studying Hebrew over the past year and tonight at dinner he made a comment that intrigued me. He told me that the word "shalom" means more than just peace. I always thought it was a friendly greeting of someone telling you either they came in peace or they were wishing you to have peace but there is much more to it than that.When someone says shalom, they are literally asking, "How is your peace?"
According to Strong's Hebrew Concordance, shalom means: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace. Are you complete? Are you sound? Are you faring well and truly at peace?
As Christians, we believe that humanity became "broken" at the time of the fall. Separated from God, we were no longer complete, or sound in either body, mind or soul. We became subject to bodies which break down, age and eventually cease to function and return to dust. Our mind and our soul has been tainted and corrupted by sin. We are spiritually dead. Far from who and what we were designed to be we are incomplete and unsound.
Hunger, poverty, disease and loneliness are only a few of the things we experience which tarnish are welfare. Humanity as a whole is not "well" and we know it. Something is horribly wrong.
Do you see why Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace? (Isaiah 9:6) It is through Jesus Christ alone that we are made complete and sound. Tenderly cared for as a child of God, our well-being is secure. Regardless of our circumstances we can truly sing, "It is well with my soul!" He is the source of our peace and it cannot be obtained through any other.
How is your peace?