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On a personal note – Creating Comfort in Chaos

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the dawn,

If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

Even there Your hand will lead me,

And Your right hand will take hold of me.

PSALM 139:7-10 AMP

As humans, we crave comfort. We embrace the rhythms and routines that make us feel good. That even includes choices we make for temporary pleasure. Sometimes temporary pleasures can quickly usher us into chaotic situations and environments that we have no desire to stay in. Yet we linger, out of habit, comfort, and complacency. There’s this story people tell about a frog in a pot of water. If the pot’s temperature is adjusted higher degree by degree, then the frog will stay in the pot. But, if the pot was boiling and the frog was placed in the pot, it would jump right out. Sometimes we walk into situations we know are wrong and quickly excuse ourselves. Other times we make seemingly small decisions that cause us to wind up in our very own pot of boiling water.

In Psalm 139, David asked, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” The answer is no where. We simply cannot hide from God. God is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere. We have the ability to choose what we do with our lives. If we choose to walk in light, He is there. If we choose to ignore God’s ways, He is there. When we look around at decisions that have us living in pure chaos, He is there. But the thing that we must remember is the fact that He knows every single decision that got us into the mess we’re facing.

Even if we’ve made decisions that have us in hot water, God can turn it around. His word says, “If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will take hold of me” So when we feel distant from our Heavenly Father, His hands are available to guide us and give us wisdom to navigate out of our situations. All we have to do is ask and it shall be given freely. But what’s even more amazing is that His right hand will take hold of us. The right hand is a position of prominence and strength. Blessings were bestowed with the right hand. Oaths are commonly taken by raising the right hand. And Jesus sits on the right hand of God, our Father, interceding on our behalf. The right hand is a position of honor. God’s right hand is where provision is released and victories are won. That right hand is where He chooses to hold us, even as we make decisions that distance or create chaos.

If you’re thinking that you’ve gotten yourself in an absolutely messy situation, remember that God is present. He knows the decisions you’ve made. He knows how you’ve drifted and He still loves you. Even when you try to make yourself comfortable in chaos, He is there waiting to give you wisdom when you ask. God’s care for you doesn’t stop at releasing wisdom. He leads and holds you with His right hand. To be at the right hand of God is to be placed in the absolute best of blessings. That’s the beauty of God’s mercy and compassion, we no longer have to make ourselves comfortable in chaos.

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