Coping With Chaos
By: Pastor Jim Schoon
KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 2:6-7
“So, then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to
live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you
were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
As the world continues to rotate on its axis, sometimes seemingly out of control,
we find ourselves trying to hold on. The Apostle Paul has some good thoughts for
us in his letter to the Colossians. Their world was also in chaos as various forces
besieged the early followers of Jesus. It was all they could do to hold on. Paul, as
their mentor, offers help, and in so doing, offers us help as well in two ideas.
The first is a reminder that Jesus is the foundation of their lives and they have
received strength from him as they have grown in the faith. They have been taught
the truth of the Lord, and they are to hold on to that truth as they go through times
of chaos. Secondly, Paul reminds them to live a life that exudes thankfulness.
As we hold on today during times of crisis, Paul reminds us of the strength and
coping powers of our faith. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord. He has brought us
out of darkness and into the light. He has brought us from a hopeless situation to a
hopeful existence. As we remember that we are “rooted” in Jesus, the truth that we
can cope in chaos is brought to the surface. This truth reminds us of the words of
Jesus in John 15:5, “I am the vine and you are the branches…remain in me and you
will bear much fruit.” This thought brings encouragement to our sagging spirits.
Yes, we can cope in chaos because we are in Christ, and He is in us!
The second reminder of Paul to the Colossians also gives us means to cope. We
are to live a life in which the spirit of thankfulness is ever present and overflowing.
As Christ-followers we have much for which to be thankful, including the
salvation we have, the blessings of God in our lives in many ways, and the promise
of life after death. As we live lives of gratitude, our eyes are taken off our
circumstances and focused beyond…to a God who cares and loves us.
So…remember who you are in Christ, and express thankfulness in your daily
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, thank you for inviting me into your family through
a relationship to your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you that I am rooted in Jesus, and I
receive my nourishment and strength from Him in the midst of this chaotic time.
May my life reflect a spirit of thanksgiving for how you care for me, and may I
always remember that you enable me to hold on to life at all times. In Jesus’ name
I pray. Amen.