Shalom Is the Way Things Ought to Be

In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight – a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights.  Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.

– Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

as quoted by Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 71-72

In Fact, They Really Aren’t Living

Flight from God always leads downward.  It culminates not in the vivaciousness life we imagined but in what amounts to stagnant sleep.  It’s why so many people seem to exit without ever really living.  In fact, they aren’t really living; they’re only going through the motions – rarely if ever experiencing the internal shalom they were designed to enjoy from God, because they’re running from him.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 42