What do you want? Really want…
I usually know what I want. It’s almost always the same thing: to be surrounded by beauty (like the photo above), for the people I love to be well and full of joy, for everyone to be kind to each other, and for all of us to have no strife… to have peace…
Do you know that when I think about how much Jesus loves me, I feel all those things? Not because they are actually happening, but because He also desires those things for us. When I think about Him, I can hear His heart’s desire. I can see what He wants too.
There’s a verse in the Old Testament that makes me cry every time I read it – because I want what it says so much.
And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. (1 Kings 4:25, NKJV)
Safe, secure in your own home with your own fruit around you. The Lord did that for them through Solomon. Solomon’s name comes from shalom (peace).
God gave peace to the people through peace…
Can you see that the Lord is all about peace? Not just the Greek word eirene that we think of – meaning the absence of war, harmony, tranquility. But the Hebrew word shalom – meaning whole, sound, healthy, well-being, peace.
There is a reason that Jesus is called The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
There is a reason that Jesus said to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27, NASB)
There is a reason it is said of Jesus, “Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79, NASB)
Because of Jesus, peace is on the inside. Peace is your foundation. It doesn’t mean that things won’t happen to and around us. It means that the well-built house will still be standing after the storm. The tree with the deep, deep roots will still be standing after the hurricane.
So, how do you get this peace? Know that it is already yours. Just like money in the bank (even though you can’t see it or touch it, it is there to use). Know that it was paid for by the wounds of Jesus:
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” (Isaiah 53:5, AMPC)
He did it so we could have it. That’s the truth.
So, what do you want? Really want…
If you’re like me, we already have the thing that we really want, because of Jesus. Just ask Him to let you hear His heart’s desire for you. Ask Him to let you see the peace He bought for you.