Monday, September 26, 2022

Devotionals for the Heart: Be a light for Jesus Christ in this dark world

God Makes Order Out of Chaos
A devotional by Glynis Becker

“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” 
–Genesis 1:31a (NLT)

I would describe myself as mid-level organized. 

I like things in their place, but I tend toward clutter.

My desk is usually spread with papers, but I like to tidy things into piles at the end of the day. Once everything reaches a certain level of chaos, then I feel the need to put it all right, but until them I’m fine. I would love to be a person with a lovely, detailed, color-coded planner that organizes my life into categories or have a clean cabinet with crisp, neat folders of all my important papers. But at my age, I am doubtful that this will ever happen.

Fortunately, when my life gets too messy, I have a God who is a master of making order out of chaos. In the very beginning of the Bible, and the beginning of time itself, God spoke the world into existence from nothing (Genesis 1:1-2). If I believe that He did that, then I can certainly believe that He can redeem whatever mess is in my life.

I’m always struck when I read the account of creation at how orderly it is. God spoke and He created light and darkness (Genesis 1:3-4). Then He made the sky (Genesis 1:7), followed by the seas and land (Genesis 1:9). He goes on to make the stars, sun, and moon (Genesis 1:14). Next are sea creatures and birds (Genesis 1:21), then all the animals (Genesis 1:24). Finally, He breathes into the dust and creates human beings in His image (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:7). He carefully placed each item exactly where it should be and gave it a purpose.

So my question to myself is: Am I trusting that God has placed me where I am at this moment, with the joys and the messes and the hardships and the trials? And if I trust that He has, then will He create something organized out of that chaos? I have to believe that He will.

Don’t misunderstand. This doesn’t mean that our circumstances are guaranteed to change or that our lives are going to always be smooth sailing. We live in a broken world and no matter what we do, life will probably be hard. But that doesn’t mean God isn’t working in the background to create something beautiful out of that circumstance, or that we are necessarily doing something wrong.

I will choose today to trust that God is a not a God of disarray, but as the One who placed each star exactly where it’s supposed to shine, He put me here in this time and place to be a light in the darkness. 

Let’s shine together, friends!

Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing creation, which includes each of us. Please forgive us for how we have cluttered it up with sin and darkness. Help us turn to You to bring order into the chaos and remind us that You are always working circumstances for our good. We love You and praise You in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Author Bio:

Glynis Becker writes devotions and inspirational fiction, hoping someday to have a published novel on her resume. 

She has co-written several screenplays, including the film Sinking Sand, available on DVD and digital streaming.

Glynis, whose childhood was spent all over the country as an Air Force brat, has called South Dakota home for many years, along with her husband and two college-age children.

When she’s not writing or reading, she is watching more television than she should and crocheting.

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