A sound heart is the life of the flesh . . . (Pr. 14:30)
(A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body . . . Pr. 14:30 Amp.)
The Lord has had this verse before me for at least a couple of years. I had no idea the relevance of it until the last year of extreme illness and dramatic healing.
While I was still sick, I would try to keep my heart and mind calm, knowing that it had to do with the very health of my body. My efforts were in vain, as it is impossible to find that peace of mind and heart while held captive by a spirit of fear, among other ugly spirits.
Since being healed and delivered peace, calmness, and rest have finally been possible. Praise the Lord. I continue to study, learn and grow in these areas, seeking to create new habits to replace the old ones.
In my study recently on peace, this old familiar verse came back to me. It feels like an old friend. I typed up what I usually have in my journal when I study out a verse. I love to look up the Hebrew or Greek definition and make it my own. It can really bring understanding as I study, pray, write and meditate on it.
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A few quick facts on “peace”:
I also looked up the word ‘peace’ in the Hebrew, it is Strong’s number 7965—shalom. It means, peace, tranquility, prosperity, good health, completeness, soundness, welfare.
Shalom is found 236 times in the Old Testament.
Shalom is clearly depicted as a satisfied condition, an unconcerned state of peacefulness. . . though Shalom can mean the absence of strife, it usually is much more. It expresses completeness, harmony, and fulfillment. In modern Israel the greeting is “Mah shlomkha? (“what is your peace?” or “How are you?”)
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (Ps. 34:12-14)
The following blessing from Numbers is Brian’s favorite, as it was his sweet grandpa’s. I pray it over you and me.
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)