I know that it seems like our world is chaotic and spinning out of control at an incredibly rapid rate, but we need to hold onto important truth that never changes:
Just because we experience confusion does not mean that God is confused. And simply because because we perceive that things are out of order does not mean that He has lost control over any aspect of this world that He has made.
The image that comes to my mind is that of a courtroom. No matter what the plaintiff and defendant may say, only what the judge decrees is what stands. All kinds of dramatic happenings can take place in the courtroom, but all the judge has to do is tap his gavel on the desk to bring things back to order.
As it is in the courtroom, so it is with the Lord. Things may seem out of control – chaotic, even – but let’s be clear: all that the Lord needs to do is simply a say the word (or really just think it) and everything goes back to a state of order. After all, let’s not forget what happened in Mark 4:
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm (Mark 4:39, NIV).
If you’re not familiar the story, I would encourage you to go and read the entirety of Mark 4 for reference. Basically, the disciples were in a really chaotic and difficult situation, and they were powerless to resolve it. Things definitely seemed out of control – and where was Jesus in all of this?! Taking a nap. 😮
So the disciples got all huffy and roused Jesus from his sleep, alerting Him to their desperate crisis (as if He didn’t already know).
I think it’s interesting that Jesus didn’t get all up in arms like the disciples did. He simply handled the situation, and – once the crisis was over – stopped to ask them (forgive my paraphrasing here), “Why were you freaking out?”
If you finish reading this passage, you’ll discover that the disciples were even more amazed that Jesus had the power to calm the storm. I wonder – when they roused the Lord from His sleep, what exactly did the disciples expect Him to do?
I mean seriously – God is not active wherever chaos is present. It doesn’t mean that He can’t use things that are broken and disordered for His sovereign purposes (it sure seems to me like God does this an awful lot), but He fundamentally functions from a posture of order and peace.
Otherwise, if He didn’t, I imagine that Jesus would’ve joined the disciples in their alarm, battening the hatches, and doing what He could to simply survive and get through the storm. However, that is not what He did! He calmed the storm, showing His followers that He was (and still is) completely in control of everything – even chaos.
So if things are topsy-turvy and out of control your life right now, remember that the same Lord who calmed the wind and the waves for the disciples also has authority over your circumstances, too.
Remember: Things may seem confusing, but God is not confused. Your circumstances may appear to be out of control, but God knows exactly what is going on, and He has a plan. If the wind and the waves are blowing in your life right now, remember that it’s just a matter of time before the Lord intervenes and calm things down! It may not look the way you expect it will, but you can trust that the peace that He gave the disciples is also available to us today, too.
Dear Lord, I am so grateful that You are supremely in charge of everything, and even when it seems like life is spiraling out of control, I can trust that You have a plan. I may not understand Your ways, but I choose to believe the truth that You are in the process of working everything out for a purpose. Thank You for this confidence. In Your name I pray, Amen.