By Ed Jordan
The news has been full of chaos lately. Chaos refers to the jumbled results of unpredictable and uncontrollable events that disrupt our familiar patterns, and zones of comfort. When we sense these disruptions and the uncertainty produced by them, the anxiety caused by all the uncertainty we then feel causes us to be unnerved, uncertain, anxious and fearful.
Over the past several weeks we have been bombarded with many, and diverse, uncertainties. There is uncertainty in the economy and stock market, and in international events such as those occurring in Ukraine, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq.
There have also been the anxieties over our medical safety because of the presence of the Ebola virus, and the spinoff anxieties concerning whether or not passengers on boats or planes or other forms of mass transportation may be carrying the virus and infecting fellow travelers.
Added to these chaotic uncertainties are that one person has died in the USA from the virus, in spite of receiving top-notch medical treatment, and further that two nurses, who were thought to have been adequately protected from ever catching the virus, have come down with it. All these things seem to be chaotic and are raising our anxiety levels.
More shocking chaos broke out in Canada with terrorist attacks on our Canadian neighbors, as two soldiers were run over by a car driven by a self-announced terrorist. Then another soldier has been shot dead by another self-declared terrorist, who then walked into the Canadian Parliament with his gun blazing.
Of course these are but a few major events in the past couple of weeks. So in the midst of a world that is becoming more and more unpredictable, how can we experience some peace and calm in our lives?
Actually, the only place we can experience abundant peace and certainty during chaotic times, is in the presence of God. Only God is eternal and consistent. Only God is all-knowing and all-powerful.
While we humans live at the mercy of many events and circumstances beyond our control and power, nothing can ultimately defeat God. Furthermore, nothing sneaks up on God to catch Him by surprise.
In Psalm 139:1–4 (NLT) we discover a very comforting passage of scripture, which states: “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel, and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.”
In a destructive world, isn’t it is great to know that as Christians we have a God who knows everything about us? He knows our abilities and gifts, our strengths and weaknesses, and He surrounds us each day with His presence and care. He knows our daily traffic patterns, knows our hearts, and knows our thoughts. God knows what things will happen during our day as well.
For me it is a very comforting thought that God loves me so much as to be intimately involved in all aspects of my life. It is comforting to know that God is not bound to time like we are. We can’t see what will happen today, or tomorrow. We can have peace by realizing that God knows.
Further, God is with those who love Him every step of their way. We never face chaotic situations alone. Chaos may reek havoc in our life situations, but it can never out maneuver God. This passage goes on to say that God’s presence surrounds His loved ones, and that He keeps His powerful hand upon us. This is why we can experience peace, even when everything around us is flying apart.
So how can we experience peace in the midst of chaotic times? First, by faith we need to entrust our lives, which includes our past, present, and future, into the loving hands of God. Keep our focus on God, who knows everything about us, as well as about life, the universe, and everything.
Then each day trust God to take care of us, no matter what seems to be happening in life. Thank God that He will give us whatever we need to make it through the difficulties, and that our life is surrounded by His love and care!
May you experience God’s peace as you realize His presence and protective love in all that you do each day!