Roy Lessin is one of my favorite authors. I especially like his website’s “fret busters” page. Short little messages that help to break up the fretting that we all have a tendency to do. Unfortunately for the world, Roy’s website is ending. The company that publishes his books and keeps his website has decided it’s time to quit supporting it. As I looked on today I read his last message – a goodbye of sorts. It was about Shalom. He and his team wanted to leave on a note of peace and blessing. I will miss reading his comforting words and excellent messages. He cannot maintain such a big website on his own and his support is actually the owner of the page as well.
Shalom is much more than a casual social greeting— it is a prayer, a blessing, a deep desire, and a benediction. It is a word that is packed with the full blessing of God.
Oh beloved, aren’t we blessed? We know that no matter what comes our way – whoever closes a door or changes directions – God is our support forever! You can be assured, precious believer, that even when things look bleak or doors suddenly shut without warning your God is your God and He will be with you. There are things you wanted to change, but you couldn’t. God is with you. There are troubles that you’d rather not face. God is with you. There are ends to times you thought would never end. God is with you. These same endings, beloved, are also beginnings. If you can hold on for the moment and “fret not” in the process, God is going to do some amazing things for you. And He’s going to do amazing things through you for the Kingdom.
Your ending of certain things is not the end of you. As far as the Kingdom goes you are an integral part of it for your entire life. Even when you get old you will be needed. How do I know? Because God has ordained it through His Word. “Even unto your old age…” He says in Isaiah. God does give us endings to things, but He never withdraws His support. Even in our bumblings and fumblings He is with us. Shalom is what He is all about. And He is speaking peace over your closed door even now. Watch and wait, pray and have peace – He is about to do something new and you don’t want to miss it by moaning over the past or staring at the closing He has already moved past.
God loves you and He’s for you. Take a deep breath, place your hand on your heart and remind yourself “God is within me I cannot fail”. Peace is your vehicle to get you from the ending to the beginning. Don’t fret, just wait and see. Stay close to God and speak His peace everywhere you go. His promises are true as you walk into the future living in the Light of His Glory & Grace! Shalom!
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Psalm 29:11 May Adonai give strength to His people! May Adonai bless His people with shalom! (Complete Jewish Bible)
Isaiah 46:4 I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.