Chaos abounds. We are tempted to give in and allow it to define us.
Before long, the invisible nametag we are wearing reads, “Hello, my name is Overscheduled. Unorganized Disaster. Burnt Out. __________.” You fill in the blank. Surviving the day-to-day necessities of life feels like a feat all in itself. Forget about attempting anything extra.
Be encouraged. Our God is a God who reigns even in the chaos.
Psalm 46:3, 10 reads: “Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’”
Being “still” might seem slightly impossible. There is no quiet moment in the day to do so. But God is calling us to more than just silent moments in Psalm 46:10. He is telling us two things. One, cease striving and KNOW (not hope or wonder) that He is God. That word “know” in the Hebrew is the word yada. It refers to the intimacy of knowing someone as a husband knows his wife.
Secondly, you can cease striving and rest in knowing that He is God BECAUSE He will be exalted among the nations; He will be exalted in all the earth. The chaos does not thwart Him. He reigns above it all…above the raging sea, the mounting bills, the unruly children, the attempts we make to do better and fail at over and over again.
Invite Him to reign over your chaos today. Focus your frazzled mind on the truth that His love for you is strong and His global purposes will remain, even when it feels like the earth is giving way and the mountains are falling into the heart of the sea. Look for slight changes, for simple choices, for things that are okay for you to let go. We at Weave believe that it is the small things you do that will make a difference in the long run. Don’t allow the chaos to rob you of the small, daily opportunities you have to invest and build into your children.
You aren’t bigger than chaos, but God is. He is “…our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). Draw from these truths and demonstrate to your children the boundless advantages of being still and knowing that He alone is God.