Many of us take a little time each week to wish one another ‘Shabbat Shalom’ – Sabbath Peace. We arose this morning to the news of coptic christians being slaughtered over night by IS. War, hatred and horrific acts of barbarism rage all around us, both home and abroad. Tears welled up in our eyes as we heard the reports from Libya of the christians killed. Fear grips my heart as I think of the over 300 marines on the Al Asad airbase in Iraq training Iraqi soldiers and, at the same time, protecting the over 13 miles of perimeter and my mind goes back to Benghazi . . . and tears well up again . . . How can I have and offer Peace on this Sabbath under these extraordinary, overwhelming circumstances ? I CAN, but ONLY because I serve an Extraordinary GOD that can and will overwhelm my enemies, overwhelm these circumstances and, if I allow HIM, overwhelm my heart, my fear and my tears with His Peace. Does that mean everything will be just perfect in the short-term ? No; but it DOES mean HE is sovereign, HE is in control, HIs ways are not mine and HE has it all in the palm of HIS Hand. “MY Peace I give to you; not as the world gives . . . I give you Peace that surpasses ALL human understanding . . . (and all these circumstances). “Yahweh will give strength to his people, Yahweh blesses his people with peace.” “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.” For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” We, as believers in Messiah Yeshua, know according to Scripture, Peace cannot reign until the Prince of Peace returns. “. . . so the Spirit and the bride say ‘come quickly Lord Yeshua.” “For HE is our Peace.” May YHVH bless you and yours this day with His overwhelming, all-surpassing Shalom, knowing that True Peace is only understood in the midst of the storm; and HE is in charge of the storm. Shabbat Shalom –
Shabbat Shalom ? Yes . . .