How to Walk in a World of Chaos, Part 2: Connect with God's Family
How we do live in a world that seems to be falling apart? Today's message is entitled "Study God's Word" and is the second in a series entitled, "How To Walk Through Chaos."
Part 1 Stick with Jesus- our Savior
Part 2 Study God's Word- our map
Part 3 Connect with God's Church- our family/team
Part 4 Serve one another
Part 5 Share the Good News
How To Walk Through Chaos
Part 2: Trust God’s Word Psalm 119:25-32
We all walk through chaos
Chaos tests our convictions about the meaning of life
I am praying that you and I will trust God’s Word, the Bible, while we walk through chaos
-I also pray that chaos will grow our trust in God’s Word!
Trust God’s Word to provide…
1. Life and strength vs 25, 28
-25 “down in the dust” I am near death, no interest in going on
-The Bible gives life- hope, meaning to current situation
-The psalmist isn’t asking for relief from chaos
He is asking for understanding as he goes through chaos
-28 “weary from grief”- my soul melts/drops, a constant wearing
down from the chaos of life
-God’s Word strengthens us when nothing else can
-promises of a better future
-guarantees of God’s eternal love for all who trust Him
-Mark 14:34 “I am deeply grieved to the point of death”
-Jesus understands our heavy hearts!
2. Correction vs 29
-deceit- lies about self, about how things really are
-God’s Word reveals a fraudulent heart
-how honest are you really with yourself?
-how often do you hide the real you from others?
-God’s Word draws us out, keeps us honest and pure
3. Understanding vs 32
-God’s Word helps us understand how to walk through chaos
-“you broaden my understanding”- again, the goal is to grow
from chaotic experiences (we can’t avoid them anyway!)
How to trust God’s Word
1. Pray- vs 25-32 is a conversation with God about His Word
-The Holy Spirit inspired the psalmist to record this prayer
-Talk with the Author as you read His Word!
-vs 31 “don’t put me to shame”
Romans 10:11 Everyone who believes on him will never be
put to shame
2. Stay Teachable heart vs 27
-“Help me understand”-
-Good communication requires listening for understanding
-Admit to God: I don’t know what I don’t know! Help!
-Remember: Chaos helps us grow up
3. Study carefully vs 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
-26 teach me
-27 help me understand…so I can meditate on your wonders
-God’s Word reveals the character, nature and acts of God
-Trust grows as we our knowledge of God grows
-29 graciously give me your instruction- undeserved help!
-Chaos forces us to drill down, learn fast
-30 I have set your ordinances before me-
-31 I cling to your decrees- same expression from vs 25
- we must be “glued” to God’s Word
4. Obey 30, 32
-30 “I have chosen”- we must choose to trust the Bible
-it is either a history book of good ideas OR
We really believe it is God’s Word given for life and strength
-vs 32 “I pursue the way of your commands”
-I will run: a quick and wholehearted trust in God’s Word
-no hesitation, not slow to obey
How will you trust God’s Word in your chaos?
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