Peace in the Midst of Chaos
“28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:28-35)
I. What is peace?
A. The dictionary defines peace as the absence of conflict or turmoil.
B. The Bible refers to peace as a quality of life that only comes from God’s presence.
1. Jehovah Shalom (God’s Peace, God of Peace – Giver of Peace) is a well-being that results from living in the favor and presence of God.
2. God’s peace is a rest, a safety and a freedom from this world no matter the circumstances.
3. God’s peace is His gift. This peace can only be gained as a result of being in and full of His presence.
II. Mary chose peace:
A. Mary received and believed – She heard the voice of God and chose to receive what was said and accepted it as truth. (Luke 1:45)
“45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)
B. Mary praised – She rejoiced in and magnified God, declaring Him as her Savior. (Luke 1:46-47)
“46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
C. Mary was humble – Mary gratefully acknowledged God’s gift of her call, recognizing it was His merciful goodness to give her spot in His amazing plan. She trusted that He would bring everything around for her good and His glory.” (Luke 1:48-49)
“48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.” (Luke 1:48-49)
III. Peace starts with your choices!!!
A. The Bible doesn’t give permission to live in strife, even if it’s not our fault. (Matthew 5:23-24, Romans 12:18)
1. When we allow chaos, strife and conflict to fester, destruction eventually follows.
2. I remember when Jeannie asked me not to go fishing one time and I went with conflict and strife. Let me tell you how that turned out.
B. You may say in your marriage that when he changes then I’ll…
1. But you say it’s not my fault but God will hold us accountable for walking in His presence.
2. Chaos and strife are like a jackhammer chipping away the foundation of a relationship until it’s destroyed.
C. It is never all right to not live in God’s peace.
1. We have the choice to defuse, to trust God, and to make things right by living in His presence.
2. It’s not always about being right and winning every argument, it’s about not giving place to darkness.
God’s presence and peace will keep chaos and strife out of our lives and will close the door of erosion, that curse that steals, kills and destroys. Today, in the midst of chaos, will you choose the greatest present that was ever given to us, the presence of God?
Forget about the cheese and get out of the trap.
Translation: let go of everything destructive and live. Staying trapped with your anger, bitterness and self-pity will never be satisfying; it’s killing you.