Is this how you are feeling right now?
Does the world inside of you match the world outside of you?
Have you ever wondered about the reason for the question “WHY?”? Is it just a 4-letter word that is so beyond that it lost a letter?
The question of why is not the subject of this post. The cause of fear, anxiety, and confusion IS.
Chaos is caused by many factors, both external and internal. Divorce, abuse, economic factors, political systems and many other reasons are not the actual chaos. They are only the result or fruit of chaos.
It was before Facebook and Twitter. It started before television. It was even around before the invention of the printing press.
Evil. Evil causes chaos.
Wait….. it can’t be that simple!!! What about X, Y, Z, etc…?
Is it a red demon named satan standing in front of people stinking of burnt flesh holding a pitchfork?
I guess we could go in a hundred or more different directions, but in the end, it is evil at some level.
Better yet, let’s describe it as anything coming against the peace that surpasses all understanding that God gives us through His Holy Spirit.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Chaos is not what God is about. God is the answer to chaos.
I would say that the vast majority of you reading this are not a source of chaos. Most if not virtually all of you are being affected by chaos in a negative way. You are reaping the fruit of chaos. For that my heart breaks.
Remember, people being used by God’s enemies, are not the cause of the chaos. God’s enemies are the source of the chaos. They choose to use people because we live in a physical world and they need a vehicle to control to cause their chaos.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Your ex-husband/ex-wife/stbx (soon-to-be-ex) is not evil. They are being manipulated in some way and at some level by an enemy of God.
God created us with a free will. How we allow our free will to be controlled by internal and external forces is our choice, just as those being used to bring forth chaos.
The answer to the “WHY? question may never come. I know that may be a hard thing to hear, but chances are you either will not get the answer you desire or it will just be a lie anyway. Just let it go for now.
We get caught up in the fruit of chaos and forget to choose a different fruit; the fruit of peace.
Philippians 4:4-9 ESV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
First, God tells us to rejoice in Him. It is hard to rejoice in the situations and people around us, but we can choose to lay that aside and find joy in Jesus.
Second, people will see that you are being reasonable and able to think about your relationships and what is happening with a sound mind.
Third, God says not to worry about things. He also wants you to come to Him with those in prayer, whole-heartedly giving thanks and honoring Him as you lay them out at the feet of Jesus.
THEN, after you do these things, it says that God will give you that peace that surpasses all understanding. If you don’t have that yet, keep repeating the steps above until you do.
After you can honestly have a Godly peace, one that you can feel all the way to the depths of your soul, then comes the hard part.
Verses 8 & 9 give you the recipe to maintain that peace. God will always give you peace, but when we follow the instructions in these verses, peace stays with us. That is what you want, right?
Verse 8 says to think about these things:
Whatever is true (to God, not in your own mind)
Whatever is honorable (to God, not you or any person)
Whatever is just (according to God’s descriptions, not yours)
Whatever is pure (in God’s eyes, again, not our own)
Whatever is lovely (what God finds love in, not what we feel like love is)
Whatever is commendable (what God would give you a verbal pat on the back for)
Whatever is found as excellent in thought, word, or deed (something that God thinks in an excellent way towards, like an action or thought you have about anyone else)
Whatever is worthy of praise (God actually is always worthy of praise in every situation, so I guess always)
Verse 9 says that when you have learned (been made aware of and acknowledge), received (actually believe and have decided to embrace), heard (hearing AND UNDERSTANDING BY DOING, not just reading and listening), and seen (saw demonstration of those actions of faith through the testimony of others); this is what God wants you to practice the rest of your life. THEN, the God of peace will be with you.
It sounds like a lot, I know. It seems like a daunting task, but it really isn’t. It just takes a real choice to seek and find peace. The other option is to stumble around life until you get to the point where you are ready to truly have the peace you desire.
A person can’t give you peace. A huge divorce settlement and a fat bank account can’t give you peace. A new relationship just to bandage wound can’t give you peace.
God is the God of peace.
You want peace.
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