The whole world has divulged into primordial chaos. At least, that’s what I’m being told. Between pandemic worries, political worries, church worries, family worries, health worries, mental health worries, economic worries, and worries about worry, the world around us feels chaotic and frightening.
A friend recently wrote, “ Instead of asking ‘What do you believe?’ maybe we should be asking, ‘What do you fear?’ I might not believe what you do, but I bet I can empathize with your fear.”
I think he’s onto something.
I also think that if we named our fears, we might find that our fears rare the underpinnings of our beliefs. Not the beliefs we state, necessarily, but the beliefs we live and practice and unintentionally proclaim.
We say “Victory is found in Jesus.” And yet, we maneuver our lives to achieve victory for ourselves. We say we believe Jesus when he says “those who live by the swords will also die by the sword.” Then we continue to live by the sword.
But in Jesus, we are called to cast aside our fears in favor of the hope we find in Him. It is a Kingdom hope, and it is an eternal hope, and Jesus is the only source. And a life lived out of hope is far better than a life lived out of fear.
The world may be chaotic – but you have a Father in Heaven. A stable, reliable, good Father.
1 john 3:1 offers this encouragement: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
As a child, I never doubted my dad’s love for me, but I had to become a father before I could fully understand the love of a father. And the love God has for us is more powerful than any earthly father. And our Father in heaven is the redeemer of chaos (seriously – right from Genesis 1). He is the establisher and restorer of order. And when we place our trust in him, we do not need to be whipped around by wild, changing winds. Instead, we are able to stand steady in the Father’s love.
I think about the parable of the house builders. The wise man built his house on the rock, and it withstood the chaotic sea. But the foolish man built his house on the sand, and it was washed away in the chaos.
On what are you building your life? Is your foundation the steady love of God the Father? Can it withstand the chaotic wind and waves?
Or is it a house built on the sand?