DayBreaks for 7/20/17: Chaos Doesn’t Rule
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2007:
My wife, Laurel, is still in India until 7/21 when she’s due to fly back into San Francisco. On Thursday, 7/5 on her blog about her India adventures, before she left, she wrote this as she was wrestling with her fears and insecurities:
“Order out of chaos, as I’ve said before, comforts me. Maybe that’s the problem with the anxiety causing “problems” of life; you can’t make lists to reassure yourself that all is going to be taken care of. God doesn’t need to make lists, of course, so perhaps the solution to the anxiety of life is to make a list for every anxiety producing situation and put on it (on the list as) “God is taking care of it”; and then check it off. It sounds ridiculous, of course, but for a visual person like me it might help, who knows? That is what prayer and reading the Bible do, they give you the opportunity to give your “unlists” to God and receive His wisdom in return, putting your anxieties in the right perspective.
“Whatever it is, He can handle it and has handled it, so no worries, mate. That doesn’t mean that pain and suffering don’t hurt, of course, but it does mean that “chaos” doesn’t rule; God does. That’s peace ‘which passeth understanding’”.
Galen’s Thoughts: I like the idea of actually writing a list of the concerns and problems of life. I’m sure that none of us would wind up with a blank list, at least not if we are truly open and honest about it. Perhaps we think that making such a list is complaining. It’s not. It’s also not a reflection of a lack of faith in God to write such a list. It’s part of being a good steward! Why? Because being a good steward includes doing the best things with each situation and opportunity that is presented to us. And what could be better with any situation than placing it into God’s hands? He’s far more capable of handling things than we are.
Consider the words of the 29th Psalm (NLT): Give honor to the LORD, you angels; give honor to the LORD for his glory and strength. Give honor to the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars; the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf and Mount Hermon to leap like a young bull. The voice of the LORD strikes with lightning bolts. The voice of the LORD makes the desert quake; the LORD shakes the desert of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” The LORD rules over the floodwaters. The LORD reigns as king forever. The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace.
With a Lord like this, why should we not be filled with peace!?!?!!
PRAYER: Let us with all the angels in the heavenly temple shout “Glory to the Lord Most High!” We leave our troubles and chaos behind for Your peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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