The Hidden Power of Shalom

There was a lady that Jesus healed who had an issue of blood. In other words, she had a female problem. She had this problem all of her life. However, she knew that if she could touch Jesus, she would be healed.

All through the New Testament, the people Jesus touched got healed. There was something about the point of contact. But the Scripture doesn’t just say that woman only had a female problem; she had two problems. Usually we don’t hear about the other problem she had. Here’s what it was: she had spent all of her money on physicians and was financially broke.

When she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she was healed. Immediately Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” (Mark 5:30). He felt the power go out of Him. The power for what? The power for healing. He felt that power (virtue) go out when that woman touched the hem of His garment. His disciples said, “What do you mean who touched You? We’ve got thousands of people pressing in on You. They are pressing all around us and You ask, ‘Who touched Me?'” But Jesus knew that somebody had touched Him who had faith.

If you need to touch God, you can press in at a church, but you may not be pressing in with faith. There were many people pressing into the presence of Jesus, but only one woman pressed in with faith. When she did, Jesus turned and looked at her. She pulled back and Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well” (Mark 5:34). Then He made a statement often overlooked. He said, “Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction,” or “Shalom.”

Shalom is a Hebrew word that sometimes we think just means “hello.” But it means much more than that. In Hebrew when you say shalom, what you mean is completeness. In other words, there is nothing incomplete.

Have you ever felt a little incomplete? Shalom means completeness and wholeness in all areas.

To prove it means all areas, the definition of shalom breaks down even further into peace and health. Some think shalom just means “peace,” yet it still means so much more. There is a certain kind of peace you can have by getting your bills paid, having a car, having payments caught up on the house and enough food to eat. The world has that certain kind of peace, but Jesus said, “I have come to give you peace (shalom), different than what the world has.” The peace from Jesus is completeness, wholeness, health, and prosperity.

What is the difference between health and healing? Healing requires a victory. Health is living in victory. There is no need in shalom. Shalom is walking in victory.

“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health” (3 John 1:2 NASB). God’s perfect will is for us to walk in health and to be free from the need of healing. He wants us to walk in shalom.

When Jesus turned and looked at the woman who had an issue of blood and a financial problem, He said to her, “Shalom!” He didn’t say, “Shalom – almost.” He didn’t say, “One half shalom.” When Jesus said, “Shalom,” He knew the impact of that word.

I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I do know this. When Jesus said, “Shalom,” He was giving the lady confirmation that she was completely healed and whole physically and financially. That’s shalom!

Shalom is completeness, wholeness, peace, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, fullness, perfectness, harmony, the absence of agitation and the absence of discord.

Devotion 0126

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