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Holy Chaos

I heard someone use this term recently. They went on to explain that it is during Holy chaos that their chest is hurting one minute and they are excited the next. I think it is when we panic because we are depending on ourselves. Then we see what God has done and it is so wonderful we are so excited! I definitely experience Holy chaos!

Hebrews 12: 27-28 says there will come a day when everything that can be shaken will be shaken, so “the things which cannot be shaken may remain”. I believe our world is being shaken right now. I also believe we go through seasons where we are being shaken. In our personal lives we are so busy with so much clutter around us including social media, television, sports, netflix, etc. Not bad things but things that take us away from God. I remember reading that we should not let our "to do list" become an idol directing our lives! I really had to think about that because I like to check off things on a list. Instead I need to remember Philippians 4: 6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

In our lives we will go through seasons. In Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2, 11, Solomon observed, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted…He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

I’ve found that when I take my eyes off my needs and focus on how awesome and powerful God is, my troubles disappear in His presence. The only place to find hope amid the chaos is with God. We need to be like David. Psalm 16: 8, "I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Corrie Ten Boom said, “You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.” There are things we cannot fix and we must turn to God. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God."

Jesus’ disciples asked Him about troubling and turbulent times. In response, He spoke of global chaos, wars, famines, earthquakes and pestilences. Matthew 24: 7, "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places." He also said in Matthew 24: 6, "..but see to it that you are not alarmed." This is going to happen and we must remember Who is in charge. When we believe God is in charge then we can be confident in Philippians 1: 6, "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Proverbs 3: 5 says that we should trust in the Lord with all our hearts. That can be hard in the midst of chaos. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, "and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." Although we forget it, we have authority over our own thoughts. If we take our thoughts captive we will have a lot more peace. We can go to God anytime and we can ask Him questions. He provides us with answers and gives us peace through His Word. When we praise God we cannot focus on the chaos surrounding us!

Faith doesn't look at chaos. Faith looks on beyond to the One Who calms the sea.


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