God over the chaos
by Chris Forder
At times in our life it can feel like there is just too much, too much happening, too much to handle and too much to feel and process. I have been feeling this for a month and a half now. And I say this not to get sympathy or to say that my life is so hard. It isn’t. I say this because in the chaos of life we tend to cut things out and re prioritise just to keep on top of everything, just to survive.
For over a month now in my ‘chaos’ I have cut things out, put things on hold and if I am really honest I have been tempted to not have my quiet times with God, to not read the Bible with my children, or not pray for people and ministry as I usually would. My focus is solely finishing my work and meeting my deadlines.
I was tempted to be so overwhelmed by everything , that I would cut my time with God out. I felt like doing this until I remembered that God is the God over the chaos (Genesis 1:1-2; Mark 4:35-41). Not that he is the God of the chaos per se, but, that God knows what you have before you. He knows what challenges you face each day. I remembered in all this that God is God over it all. He has power over it. He has plans for it. And I am called in scripture to trust and obey God in everything.
It occurred to me that the worst thing I could do would be to cut God out. If I was going to prioritise then the best thing would be to talk to God about it all. And not so that he could take it all away, but so that he could counsel me through it all (John 14:16).
Friends, in this time poor culture where we feel overwhelmed by the list of things we need to do everyday, let me encourage you, don’t leave God out of it. Don’t skip your time with God, but make that your no. 1 priority, rejoice in his love and character and seek God’s counsel in how to handle your day. Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I know this is talking about salvation, but it can also apply to everyday life. Jesus can teach us how to live for him in this world if we are willing to listen and learn. Brothers and sisters let me encourage you, don’t let time, feelings, pressure, stress, people, work, whatever squash God out of your life.
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