Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Right Balance

"A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is his delight." - Proverbs 11:1 ESV

"For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely. They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace." - Jeremiah 6:13-14 ESV

Peace Peace... Shalom Shalom (Strong's H7965)... It is more than a feeling. Shalom Shalom is a state of harmonious rightness. It is when God's Shalom and our shalom are one. It is when, 'How are you doing is a question that does not need to be asked because the person asking has shalom and sees that same peace and rightness in the person they are with.

Shalom and strife can't coexist. Unforgiveness has no place in Shalom. The world pretends it has peace. It wants it so lies are told to pretend it is happening. The human heart brings war to the tranquil meadow. It is at war with itself.

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!' " - Luke 2:10-14 ESV

The most tranquil human teacher is still a false balance but the angels rejoiced to see balance appear on the planet again. Jesus has the Shalom that heals the sick. He Is the true peace. He is the right and righteous One.

We can not unbalance Him. We can enter into His balance. Grace does that. It is God's balance that has a spin we do not understand. Christ's blood is heavier than the all the sins of the world combined into one huge heavy weight.

The world seems out of control and things seem heavier than we can manage. They are heavy but not heavier than God's glory.

We come to God the Father on the basis of His Son's blood and He says, Shalom Shalom.'

We become ambassadors of that Shalom. Our homes have Shalom resting on them when Shalom rests on us. Our words frame a peace that is real and lasting.

I don't want to strive. In God's throne room I find peace. Then my face shines with it as I go out into the world. Jesus has arrived. He Is the peace of the world. He Is my Saviour.


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