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Living without fear in the threat of chaos

I suppose there are a few people out there that don’t feel threatened by chaos.  I suspect that my post-modern friends embrace chaos since out of chaos, a new order will be formed, one that is better than the previous order.  I am sure I will be corrected since that is a bit of an over-simplification.  Is that a trust in an evolutionary process?  Off topic a bit now….

volcanic plume

Psalm 46 offers us a different source for confidence in the threat of chaos.  We don’t have to fear the threat of chaos when God is our refuge, our protector, our strength.  Lots of threats out there this day–not sure what are yours but a few that come to mind for me.

  • external pressures–economic crisis, social unrest, political instability
  • internal struggles–self-doubt, flesh-spirit battle, etc
  • satanic assaults
  • worldly temptations–to covet, towards power and control, to lust
  • direct verbal assaults or implied criticism

Read this Psalm and discover that God cares, He is willing to help and He has the power to do something about it!!   The LORD of Hosts, the God of Jacob will be exalted among the nations.  As Dr. Craige says,

Because God controls both history and nature, the chaotic threat which both may offer to human existence may be faced fearlessly.  The very worst manifestation of chaos is merely a threat, for the Creator has mastered chaos.  346

So, what do we do, “Relax and know that I am God” is Craige’s translation of verse 10 and my new Living says, “Be silent and know that I am God. ”  May we all find God to be our refuge and strength in the chaos of today as we wait in silence before Him, reflecting on who He is, what He has done and what He will do!

Totally unrelated except to the picture of the volcano above–downloaded last week, volcanoland by Caedman’s call–a fun song.  You can find the lyrics online if interested and get a 30 sec clip to see if it is your type of music.

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