The months leading up to spring can feel a bit chaotic even to the most optimistic people. Spring weather tends to be unpredictable; March Madness creates its own fervor; and some people catch spring fever, causing them to feel restless and ready for a change.
However, none of that means much when you consider the chaos in the world. Many people don’t even enjoy watching the news. News reports capitalize on the chaos and squeeze in a short feel-good story that becomes swallowed up in the negative news overwhelming the TV.
Then again, you may not care about the time of year or have time to worry about the chaos in the world because you’re facing your own chaos in daily life. Maybe you’re finding life overwhelming, and you’re struggling to find your path.
Regardless of what chaos you’re facing, worldwide or personal, God has the answer. The world contains sin, chaos, and unrest, but God offers a way out of sin, provides order, and gives you peace. God always maintains control. No matter what happens in the world or your life, God has control.
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Understanding the Chaos in Life
God made the world, but sin creates chaos. You can rely on God to be in control because the Bible says that “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (I Corinthians 14:33). A peaceful God would not introduce chaos into your life or world.
When it comes to chaos, it comes from somewhere, and the Bible has an answer for that. In Mark 7:15, Jesus said that “you are defiled by what comes out of your heart.” Later in verse 20, Jesus repeats to the disciples that “It is what comes from inside that defiles you.” He emphasizes the point in verse 21 that “out of person’s heart” comes evil thoughts and an entire list of vile things.
Chaos begins in the heart, and your heart controls your thoughts and actions. So putting your faith in Jesus can cleanse your heart. 2 Corinthians 5:17 promises that anyone who accepts Christ becomes a new creature and puts God in control of your life.
Ephesians 1:13–14 promises Christians that “when you believed he identified you as his own by giving you the holy spirit, whom he promised long ago. The spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.”
Following God means you have made an eternal connection, and God promises to give you the holy spirit to guide your heart. By giving your heart over to God, you give Him ownership of your life. Colossians 3:15 encourages Christians to “let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” Psalm 34:14 urges Christians to “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Since your heart controls your thoughts and actions, giving God control means pursuing peace so you can act in a godly way.
You decide to give God control over your life. You decide to trust Him to guide you. The Bible urges Christians to focus on God, promising that the peace of God can keep your heart and mind secure until Christ comes again (Philippians 4:7).
Many people need encouragement from the chaos of life; they need encouragement to trust in God’s goodness and control. Christian-based clothing represents your connection to Christ and can be an encouragement to people who need calm from the chaos. Your faith-based clothing can start a conversation that leads someone to the comfort and peace that only God can give.
How to Trust God’s Control
Sometimes you may not feel worthy of God’s love and protection. With the chaos in the world and your life, you might even lose sight of the control God has over everything. Well, God gave you tools to build your faith, and reading His Word makes a great start. After all, you can’t trust someone you don’t know, and reading God’s Word helps you understand who God is.
The Bible has a very special chapter in Hebrews 11 that reminds you of all the people who exercised tremendous faith despite their chaotic circumstances. Reading their stories can remind you of God’s all-powerful control over the world and encourage you to continue putting your faith in His mighty hands. Some of the stories include:
- Noah: Noah lived in a sinful time, and God was going to flood the Earth. God asked Noah to spend years building a boat to save his family from the flood. Even though God warned Noah about things he had never experienced before, Noah stepped out on faith, trusting that God would do as He promised. Noah and his family were saved from the devastating flood.
- Abraham: Abraham was a wealthy man in his time, but God asked him to pick up and move to a completely foreign land. Believing that God had blessings in store for him, Abraham obeyed and moved his entire family, living in tents like a foreigner. He knew that God had heavenly blessings in store for him that meant more than his earthly wealth.
- Jochabed: The Israelites had flourished in Egypt, so much so that the Egyptians feared the Israelites might become too powerful. So the pharaoh ordered that all the first-born Israelite boys be killed. However, Moses’ mother, Jochabed, had faith that if she hid her newborn son, God would protect him. Not only did God protect Moses, He also used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
- Rahab: Rahab was said to be a prostitute, but when the Israelite spies needed to be hidden, Rahab hid them and gave them a way out, saving their lives. She believed and had faith in God, even though He wasn’t her people’s god, and she asked the spies to have her house and her family saved when the Israelites came to destroy Jericho. Although she had a chaotic, sinful life, she changed her ways and trusted God. When the Israelites came to destroy Jericho, God recognized her faith and didn’t destroy Rahab’s house and saved her family.
Hebrews 11 recognizes several other people who put their faith in God. The Bible has so many examples of faith that you can follow that the writer of Hebrews mentions how it would take too long to tell them. These stories should encourage your faith. God used normal people in chaotic circumstances who didn’t live perfect lives, and they put their faith in God and trusted in His control and His goodness.
You can have the same hall of fame faith in God. Wearing your faith-based apparel helps remind you and those around you that you trust in God regardless of the chaos around you. Your Christian-based clothing can offer encouragement and point others to the solution to the chaos in life.
Remembering God’s Control
Not only can you strengthen your faith by reading how others kept their faith in God, remembering the promises of God concerning His ultimate control and peace over life can encourage your faith as well. Consider these verses:
- John 14:27: “. . . my peace I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
- Isaiah 14:24: “The Lord of hosts has sworn: As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.”
- Isaiah 46:10: “. . . I will accomplish all my purpose.”
- Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
- Proverbs 19:21: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
These verses illustrate that God maintains control and that His plans will be accomplished. Romans 8:28 encourages Christians that all things work together for good, and Philippians 2:12–15 urges Christians to do all things with a good attitude, knowing that they can trust that God has a plan.
Knowing that God has a plan for your life can encourage you to follow Him daily. If God has a plan, you know it will be good, and you know His plan will be achieved. You only need to keep your focus on Him and continue trusting Him to enjoy the blessings of His plans for you.
Wearing your faith-based clothing signals your connection to God. Your faith-based clothing shows others that you belong to a greater purpose than yourself. What you wear can encourage those feeling overwhelmed in life that God can cut through the chaos to give them peace and a plan. Being a part of God’s family gives you the opportunity to tell others about God and His control over the chaos in life.