“But for me, it is good to be near God.” (Psalm 73:28a TLV).
At Sukkot, we celebrate not only God’s presence with the Israelites in the wilderness, but also his presence with us today as His Holy Spirit dwells in all who have professed faith in Messiah Yeshua.
Peace – sometimes it seems so elusive, doesn’t it? Life in the 21st century is not exactly conducive to peace. According to Dr. Richard Swenson, author of the book Margin, “there was more change in the last century than in all of recorded history prior to 1900” (Dysfunctional Math, Richard Swenson). Watching the nightly news reveals unrest, violence and crises like we have never before seen in our lifetimes.
Yeshua assured us that He has given us a peace different from what the world offers (John 14:17). The peace God gives is baffling to the natural world. The natural life can only provide peace in tranquil circumstances.
But God’s shalom transcends our situations and is fueled by His sovereignty, power, love and presence with us. Through faith in Him, we can have true peace in an unsettling world. We can know an inner calmness even amid chaos.
Romans 8:6b tells us that “the mindset of the Ruach (Spirit) is life and shalom.” God has given us His Spirit to dwell within us. His presence with us means that His peace is always accessible to us.
“You keep in perfect peace one whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
“Do not be anxious about anything – but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua” (Philippians 4:6-7 TLV).