Thursday, June 15, 2006

1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15&16; Colossians 1

Chaos

Communication misfires
Personality clashes
Hidden agendas
Unmet Expectations

Where do I go?

Desiring more to be understood than to understand....
Desiring more to be understood than to understand....
Wanting what I want more than anything.....
Wanting what I want more than anything....

Is that where I go???
or how I got there....into chaos??
This is chaos...?

What about people whose health is less than healthy?
What about people who experience loss and tragedy beyond what I can comprehend?

Chaos is chaos ....right?

The point of the journey is to want what God wants more than anything..........
He is NOT a God of chaos???

The point of the journey is to want what God wants more than anything.........HOW???

2 Chron. 15: 2 Chronicles 15: 1-6 Then Azariah son of Obed, moved by the Spirit of God, went out to meet Asa. He said, "Listen carefully, Asa, and listen Judah and Benjamin: God will stick with you as long as you stick with him. If you look for him he will let himself be found; but if you leave him he'll leave you. For a long time Israel didn't have the real God, nor did they have the help of priest or teacher or book. But when they were in trouble and got serious, and decided to seek God, the God of Israel, God let himself be found. At that time it was a dog-eat-dog world; life was constantly up for grabs—no one, regardless of country, knew what the next day might bring. Nation battered nation, city pummeled city. God let loose every kind of trouble among them.

So in chaos......we seek God.....I do......and everytime He lets Himself be found......He's never lost I am.....He's never far...I am......and when I get serious He's there.....and then....and then....

PEOPLE we humans get in there and put our spin on it.....our understanding of it......and

YOU'RE always right there, probably shedding these great big tears of......we just don't get it....and yet You love us and let us keep on going.....WOW...
How could you not want what He wants when you begin to understand what it is He wants.....

Col. 1: 18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he's there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.
21-23 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God's side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don't walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.
24-25 I want you to know how glad I am that it's me sitting here in this jail and not you. There's a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world—the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church's part of that suffering. When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God's way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth.
26-29 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it's out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God's glory. It's that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That's what I'm working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.

What if I went to THAT instead of all that I DO go to........
What an amazing God!!!

5 comments:

Bar Bar A said...

Becky..........speechless after reading this, i'll be back to comment later. you are annointed.

Jada's Gigi said...

Sometimes His order is chaos to us...it takes us so long to "get" ti most of the time...

So I Go said...

as always, i love to watch your inner voice come out; to experience your awakenings, your tremblings, your "wrestlings"..
and this post was a great picture of that.

love it..

jeff

Danielle said...

Friends,

This Monday I will be embarking on a journey of love. I'm calling it 40 Days of Praise.

I will be blogging 40 straight days of praises. Whatever comes to mind...no blogging ahead. Promise!

Please check me out, offer a praise or even blog praises at your site.

Let's make a joyous noise with our keypads!

In Christ,
Danielle

Candy said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog and leading me here to read this. Wow. I love everything you've said here. Thank you for every piece of it. Also, I love the quote at the top. I'll definitely be back.