Raising Children In A Frightening World! – III

Isaiah 54:13

(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)

The promise we have been working on is the second of 8 Promises From God About Your Children, from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries. It is just one verse of 18 words, Isaiah 54:13; but these 18 words are powerful!All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. ” We delved into the first half in the last Gem, now let’s consider the second half: “…great shall be the peace of your children.

First, let’s define the word peace, for there are ten words in the Hebrew Old Testament that are translated peace in the King James version of the Bible, and five seem to be related. According to Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, the word for peace in Isaiah 54:13 is shalom. It is the most used word for peace in the Old Testament – 236 times! The Hebrew of shalom is שָÑלֹם or שָÑלוֹם, pronounced shaw-lome’ and meaning:

     ...completeness (in number)...safety, soundness (in 
     body)...welfare, health, prosperity...peace, quiet, 
     tranquility, contentment...peace, friendship...of 
     human relationships...with God especially in covenant 
     relationship...peace (from war)....

When I was in Israel, I learned that shalom was both a greeting and a farewell. I also learned that the Orthodox Jews usually pronounced it “Shaw’-lome,” putting the emphasis on the first syllable instead of the second, and often repeating it a second time in a row. It was my fiftieth birthday, and I challenged two young brothers one evening to a contest. We were walking through the Old Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, and we would greet everyone we saw with “Shaw’-lome, Shaw’-lome.” The person who received back the most “Shaw’-lome”s would win the contest. I won hands down!

It was an unforgettable birthday! On the Mount of Olives that day, I got a birthday kiss from my dear wife Hope, from John – an eighty-year-old man in our group, from an Arab camel driver, and from a female camel by the name of Michael Jackson! Camels are really messy kissers! From the upper lip to the lower lip, they can cover the whole side of your head, and they leave a green slime all the way down! I did not wish the camel Shaw’-lomethat day when she was done with me!

But let’s get back to our promise from God about our children – and let’s read the last half of Isaiah 54:13 this way: “…great shall be the shalom of your children.” Let’s take each of Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions and apply them to shalom:

  • Completeness (in number)
     	 Our daughter and her husband have six boys – from 
         teenager down to first grade! They are a handful, 
         not just for their parents, but also for their 
         grandparents who live just nine miles away! It 
         seems we have one, two, or three (once in awhile 
         more) grandboys at our house at least six nights 
         a week!

     	 My wife and I have two daughters, one natural and 
         one adopted. They are both our well-loved daugh-
         ters! But because of severe medical complications 
         during the birth of our daughter, we decided to 
         have only one natural child.

According to the mind and plan of God, I believe both our children and our grandchildren are the perfect number for their particular family! Whether you might have one child (or no children), or (like one family I grew up with) more than 20 children!…I guess that was the complete number for them!

If you bring God into the equation, asking Him how many children is the complete number for your family, He will guide you!

     ✡  Psalm 127:3 through 5  

          Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, 
          the fruit of  the womb is His reward. Like ar-
          rows in the hand of a warrior,  so are the 
          children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who 
          has  his quiver full of them.... 

We must have a small quiver or large arrows with only two daughters! But the size of the quiver of the family with over 20 arrows……..Wow! Let the Lord determine the size of your quiver and how many arrows are to be in it!

  • Safety, soundness (in body) – We all want our children to be safe in their environment, and sound in health (body and mind).
        Pray the Lord’s protection over them every day!

     	 Ask God to heal any mental and emotional challen-
         ges your children may face! 
  • Welfare, health, prosperity – I think health might cover all the bases here, especially if we think of health in terms of physical, mental, emotional, relational, financial, and spiritual health! This calls to my mind Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • Peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentmentTrue righteousness only comes through a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord! Here are three Scriptures that come to mind concerning the stated four related qualities of life:
     ✡	Isaiah 32:17 – “The work of righteousness will be 
        peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness 
        and assurance forever.	John 16:33 – Jesus said to His followers, “These 
        things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may 
        have peace. In the world you will have tribula-
        tion; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the 
        world.  Philippians 4:6 and 7

	  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by 
          prayer and suplication, with thanksgiving, let 
          your requests be made known to God; and the 
          peace of God, which surpasses all understand-
          ing, will guard your hearts and minds through 
          Christ Jesus. 
  • Peace, friendship – Some friendships can be peaceful, others can be contentious. I believe the closest friendship one can have on earth is with one’s mate! There are Scriptures that show that peaceful friendship (as well as the opposite):
     ✡	 Peaceful friendship

	 ➔   Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend loves at all 

	 ➔   Proverbs 18:24 – “A man who has friends 
              must himself be friendly, But there is a 
              friend who sticks closer than a brother.” 

     Who is that friend? Ultimately, it is Jesus Christ! 
     But we can find friends on earth who are closer than 
     a brother!

     ✡	 Contentious friendships (or a relationships that 
         is supposed to be peacful!) – “Better to dwell 
         in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared 
         with a contentious woman.”

     Ask God to guide you in your friendships, especially 
     that which is to be your best earthly friendship, your 
     life’s mate!

  • Of human relationships – This is very much akin to the previous part of the definition of shalom. But I think we can apply it more to the downside of human relationships. For if we would avoid the wrong choices in such relationships, we will have much more shalom in our life!
     ✡	 Proverbs 23:6 and 7 – “Do not eat the bread of 
         a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; For as he 
         thinks in his heart, so is he. ‘Eat and drink!’ 
         he says to you, But his heart is not with you.	 II Corinthians 6:14through 18

	 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbe-
         lievers. For what fellowship has righteousness 
         with lawlessness? And what communion has light 
         with darkness? And what accord has Christ with 
         Belial? Or what part has a believer with an un-
         believer? And what agreement has the temple of 
         God with idols? For you are the temple of the 
         living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in 
         them and walk among them. I will be their God, 
         and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come 
         out from among them and be separate, says the 
         Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will 
         receive you. I will be a Father to you, And you 
         shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord 
  • With God especially in covenant relationship All of the above definitions can be applied to our relationship with God, but there are no downsides to this relationship!
     ✡	 Oh, there might feel like there are downsides 
         from time to time, as in Proverbs 3:11 and 12 
         – “My son, do not despise the chastening of 
         the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom 
         the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father 
         the son in whom he delights.”
     The writer of Hebrews also quotes these Proverbs 
     verses in a fuller explanation of the idea (see 
     Hebrews 12:4-13).

        II Corinthians 12:9 and 10 

	 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient 
         for you, for My strength is made perfect in 
         weakness." Therefore most gladly I will 
         rather boast in my infirmities, that the 
         power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore 
         I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproach-
         es, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, 
         for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then 
         I am strong.

James 1:2 through 4

	 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall 
         into various trials, knowing that the testing 
         of your faith produces patience. But let pa-
         tience have its perfect work, that you may be 
         perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
  • Peace (from war)
     ✡   Proverbs 16:7 – “When a man's ways please the 
         Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace 
         with him.✞   This also works for peace between nations!When 
         a nation's ways please the Lord, He makes even 
         its enemies to be at peace with it.This is one 
         of the main reasons why America needs heaven-sent 

All of the above is wrapped up in the idea of shalom! But it starts with peace with God ! As it says in Romans 5:1and 2:

     Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have 
     peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through 
     whom also we have access by faith into this grace in 
     which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of 

So the first step in experiencing shalom for ourselves and our children, is to obtain shalom with God through trusting Jesus Christ, God’s Son, as your Savior, and following Him as your Lord!

Read the Gospel of John! But before you start the portion you are going to read each day, start with this prayer, “God, what do you have here for me? Show me!I think you may be surprised at what the Lord reveals to you as you approach this gospel with an open heart!