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I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT
In last week’s post I discussed the fact that chaos dominates our world. Because that is true, our world is broken. It is sick on every level imaginable. Relationships of all kinds are in a state of decline and decay. Just look at what is going on in relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, governments and citizens. Disease continues to run rampant (Ebola, anyone?). Crime and poverty seem to be beyond resolve regardless what laws or programs we put in place. Economies are unstable, causing a general sense of unrest. And the list goes on…and on…and on… Jesus Christ came as Healer and brought something to the table that makes a real difference in the midst of all the pain.
Chaos dominates our world. Everywhere we look there is turmoil. One nation oppresses another. Economies rise and fall like the waves of the sea. The weather seems completely out of control. Governments are deadlocked over policies. One generation cannot see eye-to-eye with another. Families split apart. Children are pulled back and fort between parents, causing them to live in a state of complete confusion. Church leaders crash and burn on almost a weekly basis. Instability seems to abound on every level of life. Where does all this chaos come from?
Because we are all listeners we are all walking in some form of wisdom. We are either walking in the wisdom that comes from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, or we are walking in the wisdom that comes from the Tree of Life. How can we discern which wisdom we are walking in?
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Lunatics bomb innocent bystanders. Children are slain in the streets. Innocent girls are trafficked as sex slaves. People live in fear of senseless random acts of violence. Governments are unstable. Economies fluctuate. Sabers rattle. Fingers point. Households dissolve. Morale is low. Confidence is shaken. Will it ever get any better? Allow me to offer you some words of hope in the midst of the chaos.