Apr 08

Shalom

Shalom

 

3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

 4 Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock. (Isa 26:3-4 NLT)

 

George (not his real name) was a graduate student at a prestigious eastern university. He had finished his course-work and had been diligently working on his doctoral dissertation for two years. Then disaster struck. His supervisor was denied tenure, and as a result, was terminated from the faculty.

What to do? George canvassed the other faculty members in his department to see if anyone else would take him on with his almost-complete project. No one would. Finally, one faculty member said he would supervise George, but only with a completely new project. So–. As George said, “I put two years of my life on the shelf and started over.”

After about a year of work on the new project, the faculty supervisor was giving George a ride home. When they stopped in front of George’s apartment, just as George was about to get out of the car, the supervisor, a man of a non-Christian faith, said, “George, I wanted to ask you a question. I have been watching you for this last year. If I were in your shoes, I would be a very angry man. I would be angry at the university, at the rest of the faculty, at my new supervisor who demanded a new project; I would be angry at the world. But you’re not angry. Does that have anything to do with your Christian faith?”

For the next hour and a half George was able to tell his supervisor how a settled trust in God through Jesus Christ means that God can put all the pieces of our lives together (the meaning of the Hebrew shalom)and give us what the world can never give – inner serenity, even in the midst of calamity and misfortune.

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