Making Sense in a Senseless World

(After a three week hiatus, I’ve decided I need to resume Devos and Dumplings. Besides, I’d much rather spend time with you than clean out closets and drawers. So, thanks for checking in, faithful readers.

As I was writing this post, Katie called with sad news. Last week, a commander at Fort Bragg was killed by one of the men in his battalion. He was Brian’s best friend at Texas A&M and was in their wedding. They’re devastated, as you can imagine. Please pray for this young man’s family and for Brian and Katie. It’s bad enough when our soldiers are killed on the front lines, but like this? Who can make sense of it? But then, very little in this crazy world makes sense.)

Art Buchwald once made a bittersweet statement. “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”

The question is what are we doing with the time we have? Can you and I make a positive difference in an unstable world? What if we could know God’s peace and draw upon His power to fulfill His purpose for our lives? What would happen then?

We would become invincible! Nothing is out of reach, too difficult or too demanding for the person who is consistently filled and empowered by God’s Spirit. How then can we discover God’s path of peace, purpose and power? Let’s consider these three concepts.  

1.    Peace

 God’s peace isn’t the absence of trouble, confusion or conflict. True peace is the presence of God in the midst of these things.

  • We need to know the God of peace in order to experience the peace of God. (Eph. 2:14)

I remember the first time Jay and I experienced this kind of peace together as new believers. Lollie had to undergo surgery on the tube between her kidney and her bladder. After praying with our seven-year-old, we watched the orderly wheel her toward the OR. Amazed, I looked at Jay and said, “How does your stomach feel?”  We could hardly believe the peace we both felt. God’s peace cannot be denied or taken for granted. The peace Jesus offers is real and yes, it’s very different than what the world has to offer.

2.    Purpose

  • Knowing God’s purpose for our lives isn’t a matter of mindset or determination. God unfolds His purpose as we allow His Spirit to lead us moment by moment in a pursuit of faith and obedience to His Word.

In Romans 12:1-2, Paul tells us how we can know God’s “good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

  • by continually offering ourselves as living sacrifices.  
  • by not conforming to the world’s ways
  • by being transformed by the renewing our minds.

Paul prefaces all this with “in view of God’s mercies.” This gives us a clue as to how difficult it is to sacrifice self and allow God to renew our minds. In fact, sometimes it’s downright painful. Maybe that’s why we keep jumping off the altar.

3.    Power

  • The source of God’s power isn’t intestinal fortitude or any outside influence. We appropriate God’s power by faith as the Holy Spirit works in and through us.

Billy Graham once said he believed 98% of Christians were leading defeated lives. Could this possibly be true? If so, what can we do about it? We’re doomed to fail if we try to live the Christian life by self-effort. Instead, Colossians 2:6 tells us to continue to live in the same way we received Christ, by faith.

When the world doesn’t make sense, we can turn to the One who does. And what does Jesus have to say to us? “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. . . Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:1 & 27

I’ll leave you with a quote written in the back of my husband’s Bible. “Jesus is all you need. You will never know if Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” Ron Dunn


9 Responses to “Making Sense in a Senseless World”
  1. Mary Beth Welsh says:

    Welcome back, you have missed. Well said and such a great reminder. I truly don’t know how people cope in this world without the peace and hope we have in Christ. Love you.

  2. vondaskelton says:

    Thank you for the reminder that God is in control, Liz. Sometimes that’s the only peace we can find.

    Are y’all still making your move?

  3. harriett says:

    so glad you decided to continue your blog. I am forwarding this to Lois and Frank. What is with the advertisement? Our time together on Thurs. was the best! Harriett
    Has Jay read the Tehran Initiative? Hope to see y’all before Jay leaves. So sorry about kids’ friend’s death. So sad and so unnecessary if our world was safe!

    • Me, too. Thanks for passing on my post. We enjoyed the other night so much. Thanks for inviting us.

      I don’t know what advertisement you mean. The cyber world knows everything we’re doing so they tend to add advertisements that look like they come from us. Nope. I’m not advertising anything–but Jesus! 🙂

      Love you, Liz

  4. So glad you’re back, Liz. I’m praying for Brian and Katie, and for the commander’s family. Sarah’s boyfriend will be posted at Ft Bragg after he finishes his BOLC. His unit is deploying after the first of the year. How devastating for the Bragg community. Praying for all of them.
    Hugs from Roanoke,

    • Thanks. I’m reaaaly glad to be back. I never dreamed I’d miss doing this stuff so much. Thanks for your prayers. It hits home, doesn’t it when these things happen right here on our own “safe” soil.

      Hug you back, Liz

  5. Nora B. says:

    I am so sad for Brian and Kate and all those who knew this commander. Your response is so full of truth. Thank you Liz–and welcome back.
    Love, Nora

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