Into the Chaos

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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Matthew 5:9

Despite the accessibility of a peace that passes all understanding, a peace that can only be from God, things from the world break in and disrupt our lives. Poverty, mental illness, family stress can take over and seem to drown out all comforting words or thoughts. A lack of peace brings chaos, instability, and anxiety.

In order to bring about peace, we have to be willing to go where it is absent. When we insulate ourselves from our communities’ problems, we may feel better personally, but we aren’t doing anything to relieve the chaos in anyone else’s life. Avoiding conflict and remaining uninvolved isn’t fostering peace; it’s playing pretend.

Jesus didn’t come to make a few people feel better; he came to bring real restoration and peace to everyone. To follow him is to be willing to get your hands dirty and do work at the expense of our temporary comfort.

Where in your life do you see chaos? Where do you see it in your community?

Are you avoiding certain neighborhoods in your city? What steps can you take to love them better?

It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.

Francis Chan


Emily Luttrull