Summary: I want us to take a trip through the Bible and see that God is a God who can bring order, peace and glory out of chaotic, confused and hopeless situations. The devil has been trying to bring disorder and chaos to our lives since creation.
TEXT: Genesis 1:1-3a
TITLE: ORDER OUT OF CHAOS
Chaos – (Web.) (1) The disorder of formless matter and infinite space, supposed to have existed before the ordered universe. (2) Extreme confusion or disorder. A state of utter confusion.
Verse 2 could be translated that the earth was waste. TLB – “The earth was a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors”. It was shapeless; it was useless in its present condition. This represents our lives and some of the situations of our lives.
I want us to take a trip through the Bible and see that God is a God who can bring order, peace and glory out of chaotic, confused and hopeless situations. The devil has been trying to bring disorder and chaos to our lives since creation.
To begin with I want you to see that Israel is a good representation of the Church today.
Exodus 15:22ff. – This took place right after they saw Pharaoh and the Egyptian army destroyed in the Red Sea. Israel was experiencing some confusion and disorder. They complained because the water was bitter at Marah. But God brought order and peace when He showed Moses a tree that he was to cast into the waters. The waters became sweet.
Notice verse 24 – “And the people complained against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?’” In this situation it was their own doing that brought about the confusion they were experiencing. It was their complaining that brought about their confusion.
The cross will always bring about order if we let it.
Exodus 17 – Israel was in a state of confusion and disorder. At Rephidim there was no water. The people contended with Moses to give them water. Moses again cried out to the Lord. Moses was instructed to strike the rock & water gushed forth.
Notice verse 5 – “And the LORD said…” Every time the Lord speaks He brings order out of chaos.
In Joshua 7 (This comes right after their victory at Jericho.) Israel was in a state of chaos when they suffered a defeat at Ai. In order for order to be restored God revealed the sin that was in the camp. When it was dealt with Israel experienced peace and order once again.
Sin brought about the chaotic state that Israel was in. Sin will always bring about chaos in one’s life. The only way to have any order is to ask God to forgive you. Most of the time it was their evil that brought the chaotic situation.
Notice verse 10 – “So the LORD said to Joshua…”
It’s not always life’s circumstances or the devil that causes chaos. Sometimes the chaos in our lives is caused by the sin that is in our lives. That sin may have to be revealed and dealt with before the chaos will be done away in our lives.
During the time of the Judges Israel experienced a lot of chaos. But God used an Othniel, Ehud, a Deborah and others to bring about peace and order once again.
God used individuals during the time of the Judges to bring about order to Israel. He may be going to use you or someone else to help get us out of the chaotic state.
Throughout the time of the Kings God used Prophets as well as Kings to bring order and peace to chaotic situations.