• Dr. Mel Tavares

Stability in the Chaos

We've survived the worst of the pandemic. We should be good, right? Life should be back to normal? Those would be logical conclusions. Reality is a far cry from what we imagined a year ago.


Social chaos. Economic chaos. Political chaos. Household chaos. Things change from one day to the next and it isn't long before fears begin to set in. How will the mortgage get paid? Will I have to move? Is it safe to go downtown? Will my kids have a secure future? Am I safe? Will my car get stolen? Will I get 'the virus'? Will someone I love?


I want to encourage you and let you know it is possible to have stability and hope in the midst of chaos. It is possible for you to actually thrive in the midst of your circumstances.


If there were no other Scripture to hold onto, cling to Jeremiah 29:11. TLB "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil. To give you a future and a hope." If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you must hold on to the reality that our God is in charge and while chaos may happen in all of the aforementioned arenas, His plans for you are good! His plans for you will not be thwarted by the circumstances swirling around you. We serve a God of hope, not just in things while on this earth, but eternally as well. Because of the resurrection of Christ, we can be assured of eternal life in heaven.


It is our hope in Christ that will give us stability in the midst of the chaos. I am often asked why I am so calm and peaceful in the midst of the chaos we find ourselves in as a nation. Psalm 27: 13 (AMP) is my answer "I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."


Believing in 2020 and now in 2021 that the goodness of the Lord is flowing over me and bringing me a future and a hope has gotten me through some dark days. I have to remind myself some days. Days when I, like so many, am dealing with COVID-Fatigue, tired of masks and tired of not seeing family. Days of the uncertainty of our financial situation, as the economy continues to threaten my husband's job situation. What about you? What are the circumstances of your dark days? Remember, God has a future and a hope for you, a plan filled with goodness.


The next verse (Psalm 27:14) gives the formula for how to maintain stability in the midst of the chaos. "Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord."


Don't wait as those with no hope do, tossed to and fro in the storms of life. Stop and think back to how many times the Lord has 'come through' for you in the past. He is faithful and will do it again. Hold fast!


Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) "Let us hold unswervingly to the faith we profess, for he who promised is faithful."


May these encouraging Scriptures become stability for you in the midst of chaos.


Dr. Mel





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