Finding Peace In the Chaos

May 8, 2013 | Tags: ,

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I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.

-John 16:33

It took me a long time to realize a very obvious truth–there will always be something chaotic and disconcerting going on around me. I spent a lot of time trying to escape the chaos, only to find my best endeavors to be fruitless attempts. I was trying to create contentment in my life in a way that will never come here on earth. It simply can’t by the laws of God. We live in a fallen world, and we will not fully escape the sin of the world or the sin in our own hearts until we are brought home to heaven or when Jesus returns to establish His literal kingdom on earth. Any attempt to think complete comfort will come, because I get through this task or I get through that stage, is futile.

But it’s not hopeless. Right before Jesus left for the cross, He told His disciples about the suffering they would face. It was guaranteed. But something else was guaranteed to them–the peace of Jesus in the midst of the chaos. He promised to be with them and to never leave them. With Jesus, we can walk through the chaos. We can have peace and feel joy with Him by our side. But how?

God is all about us seeking Him in a personal, intimate, and transparent relationship. We are to pour our hearts out to Him and allow His presence to comfort us and His voice to speak to us. One reason He allows the chaos to continue–so that we will be utterly dependent upon Him to carry us through. It is His will that we humble ourselves and allow His Holy Spirit to do the work in our lives. We are not supposed to muster up the strength to do it ourselves. That is pride, and God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3 NIV). We are blessed when we realize our complete and total poverty of spirit here on earth. We are blessed when we realize that no one could accomplish the tasks of God on her own. Jesus has all the power to carry us through the suffering. And it is temporary. One day, we will arrive home to absolute comfort, peace, and joy, where crying, sin, pain, and death do not exist. It is the believer’s certain future. But for now, we must surrender to God’s will, let go, seek Him above all else, and allow His peace to carry us through. He is faithful to do it each and every time we ask.

By Courtney Silberman

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