Shin: Shalom in a Shattered World

Morning Thought: I woke up to the sound of shattering plates, cups and glasses. Our kitchen shelf collapsed, and almost everything was broken.

Anna gave us a good perspective, saying, “They’re just things; our life is not based on them.” On the other hand, I was in shock, and after assessing the damage, I entered into the secret place of prayer. That’s how I start my day, and it’s where I find the transcendent and tangible peace of God.

Shin ש is the penultimate letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. It’s the twenty-first letter out of twenty-two and has a numerical value of three hundred.

Shin ש looks like a crown, and we know God will crown the righteous on the final day (2 Tim. 4:8). Moreover, the most renowned Shin word is shalom שלום. Shalom שלום means peace and also has a fuller meaning of wholeness, completion and soundness.

The good news is we don’t have to wait till the end of our race for God’s shalom to crown us. The Lord has given us his Sabbath (Shabbat שבת) so that we can experience his shalom in the struggle of our week. By stopping, we find rest under the shadow of his wings.

And there’s more good news. Through our Messiah, Yeshua (ישוע Jesus), the Sabbath is not limited to once a week. You can enter his transcendent Sabbath every day. Why? Because Jesus (Yeshua) is the Lord and fulfilment of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:8; Heb. 4:9-11). He is our Shabbat Shalom שבת שלום.

In the Shin ש portion of Psalm 119, we find this treasure: “Shalom—abundant shalom—marks those who love your teaching and nothing hinders them” (Ps 119:165, my translation).

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