Will Is Wholeness
|When we "pass the
peace" with a smile on Sunday morning, our words
have about the same spiritual weight as "Have a nice
day!" The English noun peace means much
less to us than it did to the writers of the Old and New
In fact, the difference is enormous. The Hebrew word for
peace--shalom--goes light-years beyond the
absence of war or the presence of good cheer. Like the Greek
word for salvation (soteria), it refers to the
believerís complete deliverance from
everything in this fallen world that makes our lives less
than God wants them to be.
fullness of the Kingdom
Shalom is what we pray for in the
Lordís Prayer, the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven on
earth: nothing broken, everything working properly, robust
health, complete well-being, rescue from whatever makes us
less than whole. Wholeness, in fact, is a good
English word for what's normally rendered as
If you can get your hands on a copy of the Complete
Jewish Bible, translated by David H. Stern, youíll
see what Iím talking about. Almost every instance of shalom
(from the Hebrew root s-l-m) is an eye-opener.
Start with Isaiah 66:12, for instance. In a typical
English translation God assures His people, "I will
give you peace like a river."
a flooding stream
Thatís all well and good, but more than a little
anemic by Hebrew standards. In David Sternís translation,
the Lord says, "I will spread shalom over
her [Jerusalem] like a river and the wealth of nations like
a flooding stream. . . ."
Do you see the difference? In English, the Lord seems to
be doing little more than "passing the peace." But
in Hebrew, itís plain that He intends to immerse His
people in wholeness, goodness, and well-being like a flow of
From Exodus to the end of Revelation, text after text
assures us that healing and wholeness have always been
Godís will for His family, "on earth as in
heaven." In a recent television broadcast I referred to
more than twenty Scriptures from the Complete Jewish
Bible in which shalom and the
necessary deliverance are promised to all who turn to the
Lord. And the promise is clearly for this life
as well as the life to come.
favor of the Lord
Consider Luke 4:18, one of many texts with the
same basic message:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore he has
anointed me to announce Good News to the poor; he has sent
me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned and renewed sight
for the blind, to release those who have been crushed, to
proclaim a year of the favor of the Lord."
Thereís no suggestion here that God lets the devil bite
His children to teach them something, or that sickness is
given to build character, or that someone dear to you died
in an accident because God needed another flower in His
The simple, blessed truth is summed up in 2 Peter 1:11 (CJB):
"You will be generously supplied with everything you
need to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and
And you can enter that Kingdom right now!
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here