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September 2, 2014, 12:44 am

Keeping God near simplifies chaos

There are times during the course of a day that you have to wonder what in the “heaven” is going on. This thing we know as life sometimes gives a terrifying ride akin to a rollercoaster from hell. It’s full of twists and turns, events and people, ups and downs and stuff right out of a horror movie. It would make anybody question its purpose.

We are taught as Christians that free will is supposed to have something to do with how we live our lives by being in control of the decisions we make or those that we do not. We, on many occasions, find ourselves caught up in quagmires of discontent due to situations we’ve created simply by making the wrong choices and/or the wrong decisions. It’s that “hindsight is 20/20” thing. As I study more, I find the subject of change and chance in Scripture really fascinating. “In paths that they have not known, I will guide them.” Isaiah 42:16 clearly indicates that when you attempt to change your life, seek God if you will; divine help seems to be required.

In many Biblical instances, whenever someone in the Bible begins to accept and acknowledge Christ, change is inevitable, fear is prevalent and faith gets challenged. If you’re honest with yourself, walking by faith and not by sight is kind of unnatural in the natural world. This kind of change in one’s thinking says a lot about your and my understanding of our supernatural existence. Joshua 1:9 lets us know that from the moment we begin to expand our awareness of God, we must take him everywhere we go or constantly lose ourselves due to our own devices, much like the Israelites in the desert. “Be not dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with you wherever you go.” It’s a conscious thing. Among the easiest things to fall prey to in life are all the everyday temptations that come our way. No one would argue that we live in a materialistic society that is framed in what were once 30-second sound bites that can be delivered now in 10. Wealth becomes instant and the pursuit of it endless. If there is no spiritual fall-back position, one gets constantly caught up in defining oneself by how much you have, what you can buy and which of your pleasures you can exploit. Under these circumstances, life can make you feel inadequate and anxious. More is never enough.

Now, spiritual awareness, that’s different. “My presence shall go with you and give you rest.” Exodus 33:14. The understanding of eternal existence, of the spiritual reality of man allows us to put life’s contradictions and absurdities into some kind of perspective. Focus on God actually brings clarity to the soul and subsequent order to chaos. Peace of mind abounds in the hearts of those who seek the truth. Purpose is simplified and life becomes easier to navigate. In this context, free will merely acts as confirmation of the obvious. “Whatever is born of God overcomes the world.” 1 John 5:5. That truth leaves nothing to chance.

May God bless and keep you always.