“In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was (or became) without form an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2 AMP).
At the beginning of time, we see the very heart and character of God to create and establish order in the chaos, but we question whether or not He will do it for us today. Is it even possible considering the present state of things? Will He bring order to our chaos? From His first act of creation in Genesis 1 to the last book in the Bible, we are shown His wonderful plan for redemption, deliverance, and restoration. Throughout the Bible, He repeatedly proves Himself constant, faithful, and worthy of our trust. He always finishes what He begins. As we examine the tiniest element of creation, we see His careful attention to detail, but do we believe He will take care of our details? Will He meet every need like He has promised and restore to us double for our loss and pain?
To be quite honest, when I began this story, I could not answer these questions with faith. I struggled for days trying to say yes in trust and confidence. As part of the process, I read many translations of Genesis chapter one. I prayed; I talked with friends; and I studied the accounts of Job’s troubles, which ended in double restoration. I read the story of the promised birth of Abraham and Sarah’s son, Isaac, when having a son was humanly impossible. I also read where it says in the Bible that God will create “a new heaven and a new earth,” where “He will wipe every tear from their eyes,” and that “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will have “passed away.” (Isaiah 65:17 NLV and Revelation 21:4 NIV)
I clearly saw that through it all, God’s will and His very nature to create, recreate, restore, and work things “for the good of those who love him…” has never changed. (Romans 8:28 NIV) It is the constant theme of almost every story in the Bible. Still, I needed help to believe for myself when it came to what seemed beyond hope. I know I am not alone in this struggle. All of us must settle the doubts and questions in our hearts and minds. Will God bring order in the chaos? Will He fulfill His promises to each of His chosen ones and perform the words He has spoken to us?
I kept seeking God for the answer and found myself revisiting the latter part of Job’s story. In chapters 38-41 it says God “answered Job out of the whirlwind” before He “turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes” giving him “twice as much as he had before” and blessing Job’s “latter days … more than his beginning.” (Job 38:1, 42:10 AMP) For four whole chapters, God gives Job a major download of the vast immensity of His wisdom, power, supremacy, and majesty. Before embarking on my soul searching endeavor to write “Order in the Chaos,” I had simply not been able to understand why the Lord had spoken to Job in this way, at this particularly difficult time in his life—or how it could possibly have helped him. But, as I read through the chapters once again, I believe I caught a glimpse of the all-powerful, all-knowing God Job must have seen—the God who is, was, and forever will be the same.
God is faithful. We may not always be able to see what He is doing or know what the outcome will look like, but we can count on Him to be who He has always been. We may not understand it all, but like Job, we can respond to God saying, “I know that You can do all things … no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.” (Job 42:2 AMP) Some things really are “too wonderful for me” to comprehend within my earthly limitations. (Job 42:3 AMP) God, Creator of our universe; infinite in wisdom, power, and love; the Alpha and the Omega is trustworthy and true!
Joyce Meyers notes in The Everyday Life Bible that, “When God asked Job where Light dwells and where the abode of darkness is (See Job 38:19), He was making a point about His limitless knowledge and about the mystery that surrounds Him. We will never know everything He knows, nor will we ever know everything there is to know about Him. But He knows everything there is to know about us, and in His awesomeness, He is doing great things for us and in our lives.”*
Finally, I found my yes! I hope it helps you find yours. Let’s pray.
Thank you, Lord God, for your divine order from beginning to end and forever. We are so very thankful for Your constant and creative character. Thank You for Your plan of redemption, deliverance, restoration, and so much more.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I run away from where You are? If I go up to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in the place of the dead, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me and Your right hand will hold me. If I say, ‘For sure the darkness will cover me and the light around me will be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to You. And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to You” (Psalm 139:7-12 NLV).
Hover over the face of our waters, Holy Spirit! Bring Your order in the chaos! Of Your order there shall be no end! Amen.
* Meyer, Joyce (2006). “Life Point.” The Everyday Life Bible. Amplified. New York: Faith Words. p. 808.
By, Ginger E. Mosher
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Order in the Chaos