Weekly message from Cypress Church: Moving from chaos to order

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

There is an interesting reality of life. Actually it is considered a law of nature. It says that things move from order to chaos. It is the second law of thermodynamics that says, “there is a natural tendency of any isolated system to degenerate into a more disordered state.” My dad was a professor of mechanical engineering and thermodynamics and used to say my room was a living example of this second law of thermodynamics as it continued to move from order to chaos. We see this law in action as paint fades, metal rusts, and food decays (Unless it’s a Twinkie, I have one in my office that is at least 10 years old still in it’s wrapper, and though a bit smaller, it looks intact!). Anyway, normally things move from order to chaos.

However, there are occurrences where order comes out of chaos. I know we have seen this as our house was in huge chaos as we were having our kitchen cabinets and a few other walls painted. The house was a mess of tape, plastic, paper runners to protect the floors, and whole lot of dust from sanding and spraying. It was difficult to see any order because of the chaos, and honestly, the mess, the disorder, the confusion of where things were; the unfamiliar was getting to us. We were tired of not being able to find things and having limited access to the kitchen. Now, it was only for a week, but the chaos was wearing on us. Had we known the turmoil of the job, we may have continued to postpone this project, but the desire to fix the worn cabinets, poor lighting, and fading paint motivated us to push though the pandemonium of progress.

See, it is also a reality of life that order and progress and growth in life many times come out of chaos. God is a good example of that. First in His creation…

Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

In the beginning, before anything, God made order out of the nothingness.

Psalms 148:5-6 Let them praise the name of the Lord!For He commanded and they were created. And He established them forever and ever; He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Not only in creation, but also in dealing with the reality of sin. See, humanity has an unfortunate condition. We are sinful (Romans 3:23) and this sinful condition continues to bring chaos into our lives. It separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and messes up life (Galatians 5:17-21). Jesus came to save us from this sinful condition, but our salvation came though the chaos of Jesus’ brutal death on a cross.

Isaiah 53:5 But He (Jesus) was pierced for our transgressions;He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.

See, The Lord is in the business of bringing order out of chaos. He has done it in creation and in dealing with humanity’s sin. The key here is to embrace God and let Him lead you though chaos into order. How we embrace God is to seek to know Him and yield to His way of life.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

I’m not sure what chaos you are facing, but I do know that God loves to walk with us and help us find some order in it all.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me (Jesus), all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Why not seek the Lord? It can truly help.

Church is a great place to seek God. If you don’t already attend a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net. You can even attend one of our live-streaming services on line (see http://live.cypresschurch.net/).