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Monday, August 13, 2018

Chaos Reigns

August 13

(Psalm 23:2 NIV) “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”

(John 14:27 NIV) "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled..."

(Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. {7} And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our God is a God of order, but here on Earth, chaos seems to always be knocking at our door. Chaos is programmed into us at an early age and it’s hard to delete the program. Too often, we invite chaos in and it reigns in our lives. Like crack cocaine, we become addicted to it. We get so strung out on noise, activity, and stress that we actually go through withdrawal when tranquility comes. Order becomes like an intruder. And whenever peace threatens our chaos habit, we go out and find a dose of mayhem so we can feel “normal” again. As we shoot up, serenity is shot down. Stop feeding the chaos or it will eventually devour you. Turn off the constant noise that smothers the Spirit of God in your life. Cease and desist from the frantic running and the endless activity. It doesn't make you important -- it makes you impotent. Allow God’s peace to soothe your frantic heart. Settle into the arms of God like an easy chair. Let serenity reign in you. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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