Friday, September 27, 2013

His Thoughts Are Full of Shalom for You

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." (Jeremiah 29: 11)

"Weeping Prophet" Jeremiah shared this comfort with the Jews captive in Babylon. After seventy years, in which the Sabbath rest of years past would be restored in Israel, then the Israelites would be able to return to their Promised Land.

Today, the Promised Land of rest is Christ Jesus:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11: 28)

Literally, Jesus says, "I will rest you."

In Jeremiah, the LORD shares that He wants to rest us, as well:

"Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest." (Jeremiah 31: 2)

When we find ourselves "lost" in a wilderness of doing our own thing, following our own efforts, the moment that we rest from our own works and enter His rest (Hebrews 4: 9-11), His grace flows in our lives.

Today, Jesus Christ is our peace (Ephesians 2: 14), and His thoughts are full of "peace", or "Shalom" for us.

Shalom speaks of more than a cessation of strife, but also the possession of consummate resource. Health, wealth, well-being, security, harmony, along with peace of mind come to us in Christ Jesus.

We have the mind of Christ, Beloved (1 Corinthians 2: 16), and His mind is filled with nothing but good things for us. Rest in Him, and receive this peace.

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