Read: Psalm 85:7-12
A couple weeks ago I preached on the very important theme of “shalom”. The word, shalom, is a Hebrew word (the language spoken by the Jews of the Old Testament) and it is translated into English as “peace”. Wherever the word peace occurs in the Old Testament, it’s originally the word, shalom. Also, wherever the word peace occurs in the New Testament it’s the concept of shalom that is being referenced. But the word “shalom” means much more than simply “peace”. It bears repeating.
First of all, shalom means “God’s peace”, not just regular, ordinary, run-of-the-mill peace. Philippians 4 says that God’s peace surpasses all understanding. In other words if we have God’s peace, we can have peace within us even if the circumstances around us are not peaceful.
Secondly, shalom includes, health, harmony, and wholeness. A state of shalom is a great place to be in body, mind, and spirit. Shalom includes the body, mind, and spirit, as well as all of the other areas of our lives. Shalom is the state of being that we want in our relationships, in our family, in our workplace, in our neighborhoods, and in our churches. There are principles of faithful living that help to create a state of shalom, and I’ll share more about that in future sermons and WISH posts.
To begin with, lets consider our physical health. We all know that a proper diet is important. We have seen the “food pyramid” of recommended food groups that help us reach a balanced, nutritious diet. The human body needs a full range of vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Some have found specific nutritional supplements helpful for their unique challenges. Also, for the human body to be healthy we need sufficient amounts of exercise, sleep, and water. Most of us fall short in one or more of these areas. It’s an ongoing, balancing act, and that’s just for our physical health.
The quest for physical health is challenging, but worthy of our attention. The body, mind, and spirit are interconnected; a malady or dis-ease in one area can impact the health of the other areas. We need to be intentional, balanced, and practice moderation to be healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually. As always, I wish you
Shalom, Pastor Rob Nystrom