2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NASB)
16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!
A small verse with a powerful punch.
Springtime always seems so peaceful to me. Cool breezes floating through the air with the smell of flowers blooming and the sounds of birds singing. The weather is warm but not hot yet. When the sky is clear, it’s a brilliant blue.
The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom. In addition to calmness and restfulness, it means wholeness, completeness, everything is as it should be.
In the verse above, where the NASB version uses the word continually, Paul wrote a tiny Greek word, diá which means – across (to the other side), back-and-forth to go all the way through, “successfully across” (“thoroughly”). diá is also commonly used as a prefix and lends the same idea. For example, it is the prefix in the English term diameter, the distance across a circle. biblehub.com
Paul’s message is simple: it is through Jesus that you discover peace. His prayer for the church in Thessalonica is that Jesus would grant or permit peace in their lives. God is under no obligation to grant peace; He may choose otherwise. So to pray for peace seems only wise.
At Christmas, we always quote Isaiah 9:6, where the writer gives Jesus the title Prince of Peace. Here in 2 Thessalonians, we see Paul repeat that, not so much as a title but as a reality. Jesus is the Lord of peace; he is the only source of true peace. He is the only one who can give you peace continually, at all times, every day, in every way, backwards, forwards, upside down and inside out.
My prayer for you is that you may find that peace today.
Fill your mugs up and lift them high! Here’s to another wonderful day!