God’s goodness in the Midst of Chaos:
Lord, I am nothing apart from you.
As christians, we hear over and over about the goodness of the Lord. There are plenty of scriptures that teaches us of God’s Goodness. Here are a few:
(Psalm 119:68) NIV “You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees.
(Psalm 107:1 NIV) “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
(Psalm 145:9 NIV) “The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation.”
(James 1:17 NIV) “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.
(Psalm 34:8 NIV) “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Even though these scriptures are testaments to the fact that the Lord we serve is good, christians can oftentimes be selective with praising and accrediting the Lord to be good. Yes, it is easy to notice God’s goodness when you walk outside to a beautiful summer day, or when your boss gives you a raise, or when you pass your math final with the grade you were hoping for. But, how often is it that we praise the Lord when we are discontent, uncomfortable, anxious, and chaos is all around us?
The scriptures above don’t teach us that the Lord is only good in our comfort, they teach us that he is just as good in our discomfort. He is always a good God! Yes, he is good when the Floridians return to find that hurricane Irma has destroyed the things they love. Yes, He is good when we don’t know where next month’s rent will come from, and Yes! He is good even when you pull an “all-nighter” just to find that you didn’t get the grade you were hoping for on your math final. When we have too many sunny day’s in a row we start to forget about our constant need for our Lord and Savior. We start to think we are strong enough to do life on our own. Storms are ways of reminding us that the Lord can carry our cross much better than we can. Because of this, we can praise Him on the most beautiful days, and in the strongest storm. We can rejoice in Him when we are blessed with a raise, and when our bank accounts are low. We can love Him when we get our best and lowest grades.
We must be reminded of the sovereignty of God in times of chaos.
(Colossians 1:17 NIV) “He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together”.
(Colossians 1:16 NIV) “for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth”.
(Psalm 147:5 NIV) “How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension”.
(Hebrews 4:13 NIV) “And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
(Jeremiah 32:27 NIV) “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?
So if God is sovereign over all, why doesn’t He do away with all chaos, discomfort, fear, anxiety, and troubles we are faced with; doesn’t he love his children?
God can do whatever He pleases. We must erase this image in our minds that when things don’t go our way, it is evil and we must drop to our knees and pray to God to put on His “hero cape” to “try his best” to come and save the day. No, He is sovereign over the universe and does whatever He pleases. The Lord can stop a category five Hurricane just as fast as he can stop a category one hurricane; and create one just as quickly too, if He pleases. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”(Jeremiah 32:27 NIV). God always has a plan and executes it. Nothing happens without him controlling it. And because of his power, our tiny minds will never line up with His plan. “His understanding is beyond comprehension” (Psalm 147:5 NIV). Our job is to let go of what it means to be safe, free, content, and comforted in the world’s eyes and allow ourselves to feel free, safe, comforted, and content in God’s providence. Sunshine or storm, raise or no raise, pass or fail, the Lord’s plan is always the best.
Job’s life is a great example of how we can praise God in the midst of chaos. Job was the richest person in the area He lived in. He owned many animals, several servants, and seven sons and three daughters. Job rejoiced in the Lord, and praised Him for his many blessings. “He was blameless- a man of complete integrity. He feared and stayed away from evil.” (Job 1:1 NIV). But thats not where his story ends. The Lord took away all of his oxen, sheep, and camels; and killed all his children. I can only imagine how Job must have felt. To go from having everything to no animals, money, or children. Job must have felt displeasure, anxiety, and discomfort. “Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Job recognizes the Lord’s sovereignty when he says:
Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, I came naked from my mothers womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (Job 20-21). There is nothing that doesn’t come from the Lord and there is also nothing that is taken from us that doesn’t come from Him. Following Job, and praising God in both situations, trusting in His will, is how we best glorify His name.
A prayer for when we are troubled:
Lord, you are so good. In your suffering you have given me the best example to follow. You never waste the suffering of your people. Jesus please remind me of your powerful sovereignty. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Roman’s 8:28) Lord I pray to find peace, comfort, gladness, and joy in chaotic times. For by Your wounds I am healed of my sorrow. Lord teach me to lean on You in times like these. Jesus, here is my cross that is too strong for me to carry. No burden is too big for you to bear.
In Your name we pray,
Author: Nola Preston