Things unstable and chaotic? There's Grace to Embrace
God's biblical calendar connects the dots of His Word to this world...in real time. Example: We're in His 11th month and in scripture the number 11 is linked to things out of order, chaotic, and unsettled. Of course, that has no relevance for us right now as individuals or as a nation.....right?
Why disorder? Eleven is linked to the aftermath of betrayal: Eleven brothers remain after they betray Joseph. Eleven disciples after the betrayal by Judas. Disorder breaks out - sometimes for days - sometimes for years. Not a good feeling while you're in the midst of it all.
Yet God loves to leverage times of chaos and crazy, of instability and 'insanity.' Shifts are made, work is accomplished, and people are re-positioned. So instability is actually helpful in the right circumstance. The Grumman X-29 was designed to be 'the most aerodynamically unstable aircraft ever built.' Why?
Instability made it quick and agile. Just as God can use it to make us quick and agile, too. Agile? Yes. Comfortable? No. Think of Joseph in the pit and disciples scattered and hiding.
Yet God won't leave us in that state but gives the grace to embrace the process, the time, and the change. It should therefore come as no surprise that it was 'in the eleventh month' when He gave visions to Zechariah to encourage a people caught up in the crazy and discouraged by delay. (See Zech. 1:7 thru chap. 6.) Those promises spoken of Jerusalem and to that leadership frame a set of grace points we need draw upon to 'embrace the grace.'
Hear what the Spirit says to the church... "I will be a wall of fire around her and the glory within... "Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit... "Who has despised the day of small things?" Step back from the chaos so you can see it without judgment, assumption, or entangled emotion. Ask the Lord to show you how you are to move and pivot in the midst of all that is moving. Embrace the grace of His Word so you have the grace to embrace the chaos and the change. Time for many things to be re-positioned. Stephen Lots more on the replay, click here.