Shalom the Hebrew word translated as peace, expresses the idea of tranquillity, well-being, restoration, reconciliation with God, which happens through the right relationship with Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace
Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Peace is the freedom from disturbance; it’s quiet and tranquility. The peace of God that passes all understanding is not just a psychological state of mind; this peace is spiritual peace…the peace of the God of all Creation. This is the peace of people whose sins are forgiven. The peace that comes from being in a right relationship with Jesus doesn’t depend on everything going well.
This peace is the opposite of anxiety. It is the tranquillity that comes when you commit all your cares to God in prayer and don’t worry about them anymore. You are confident that God can and will do what is best for you.
This peace guards you from anxiety, fear, and worry like a sentry guards the entrance to a military installation or the ones who stand guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Washington, DC.
I recently started a series of posts sharing prayers for you to pray at those times when you're having trouble with trust or finding the words to pray above the scary times. It's at those times you want to know the peace of God which passes all understanding. (For the entire series of prayers click this LINK)
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. — Isaiah 26:3
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” — John 14:27
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. — Romans 5:1
Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us. — Isaiah 26:12
“For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” — Isaiah 55:12
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33
Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace. — Psalm 37:37
He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, Each one walking in his uprightness. — Isaiah 57:2
For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. — Romans 14:17-19
Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble. — Psalm 119:165
But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. — Psalm 37:11
I will hear what God the Lord will speak, For He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly. — Psalm 85:8
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. — 2 Corinthians 13:11
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. — Colossians 3:15
From the very beginning, or at least after man sinned in the Garden of Eden, God promised to do something about all the agitation and distress in our world. He promised to restore the peace, and He did. He sent the Prince of Peace to come and do what we can’t do for ourselves. Jesus brings true, lasting peace, the kind of peace that all of us are looking for.