FROM CHAOS TO ORDER

 

Scripture: (Genesis 1:1 – 5 KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

We have all at one time or another felt as if our entire lives were in the midst of total chaos. There have been times when I am sure all of us have wondered how we would ever get through it. Perhaps in one way or another you are feeling a bit out of control even now. I want to encourage you that God has the answer for us. In Him there is calm in the midst of the storm. In Him there is perfect order out of the total chaos of life. Today I want to take a somewhat scientific look at chaos and by using the Word of God help all of us find a more orderly life. It all began to come about as I was teaching an evangelism class at Florida Beacon Bible College. I was talking about apologetics and the second law of thermal dynamics. Later that evening my wife asked me what was the first law of thermal dynamics and I did not have the answer. Hating not knowing something I began researching it and discovered that all three laws of thermal dynamics fits perfectly into God’s plan for our lives. It is amazing how science confirms God’s Word. So today lets begin at the beginning at discover how God gives us a model in creation on how to create in our own lives order out of chaos.

            “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void.” In the original Hebrew language Moses wrote these words to describe how God took the earth from chaos and confusion and turned it into a places of beauty and peace. The Hebrew word translated “without form” is “Tohuw.” It is used 25 times in the Old Testament. Some of the translations of tohuw are: confusion, desolation, emptiness, futile, meaningless and chaos. When God first created the heavens and the earth, the earth was in a state of chaos. There was no life or water or air and everything was without any recognizable form. Read how the word “tohuw is translated in the book of Isaiah:  (Isaiah 24:10 NNAS) “The city of chaos is broken down; Every house is shut up so that none may enter.” And in the King James Version it is translated like this: (Isaiah 24:10 KJV)  “The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.” Interestingly in the 5th verse of this first chapter of Genesis the original words for evening and morning also demonstrate this turning from chaos to order.

            Now for the three laws of thermal dynamics. The first law states that energy can be exchanged between the system of interest and its surroundings. Basically what it is saying is that you cannot get any more energy out of a system then you put into it. What you give forth in effort in any given situation is equal to the benefit you will get out of it. The second law of thermal dynamics, or the entropy law, tell us that all matter is in the state of decline. Or in other words anything left unmanaged will natural fall into chaos. Then the third law is the asymptotic law that tells us that all processes slow down as they get closer to equilibrium. This lets us know that when we begin experiencing complacency and apathy in our lives we may very well be letting things slip out of control. It also tells us that when we attempt to make change and turn our lives around there is a strong force pulling us back into chaos.

            So what does all of this have to do with God and how does it help us get our lives in order? First of all we will have to get back into God’s word and discover what His purpose for our lives was to begin with. (Genesis 1:26 – 28 KJV)  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” It is God’s will for our lives that we be fruitful. He has placed in our care and control the entire world. Unfortunately we often think we could do a better job with our lives without God’s guidance. And in so doing we have time and time again found ourselves empty, lonely and in a state of confusion and despair. Now I know that many of you might be saying, "Now, wait a minute Pastor Bob, my life is not that bad at all.” If that is you, then I am happy for you, but I simply want to ask you to open your mind to the possibility that it could even be a whole lot better. The fact is, we live in a fallen world, and without God there is no hope of a better tomorrow. But with Him we can see great things accomplished in, and with our lives.

 Since we now have within us the knowledge of good and evil, it is up to us to choose the good over the evil and not be confused over any gray areas. It is between the dusk and the dawn that most accidents happen. It is when we are not sure of the decision that we should make that we call evil good and good evil. Let’s step back for one minute and compare these three empirical laws of thermal dynamics with the wisdom of God’s Word and see how we can make better decisions for a more fruitful life.

            Law number one remember, tells us that we get out of life what we put into it. Jesus put it “You reap what you sow,” “give and it will be given unto you,” seek and you will find.” Do you want a deeper relationship with God? Do you want to experience fulfillment in your life? Do you want all that God has for you? Then Go after God with all your heart. Reach down inside of you and grab a hold of the Spirit of the Lord. God tells us that we are to love the Lord with all of our heart and soul and strength and might and mind. You will only get out of both your physical life and your spiritual life what you put into it. The second law of thermal dynamics tells us that everything is constantly falling into a state of decay. We need to be vigilant and diligent in our daily walk. It is not the big falls that separate us from God, is the slow drifting away that puts our eternal souls in reach of hells fires. It is like the old story of how if you throw a frog into boiling water he will jump out. But if you set him in some nice warm water then slowly turn up the heat you will cook him alive. Some of us have been setting in luke warm water and have not even noticed the heat being turned up. Jesus reminds us that we need to watch and pray for we never know when the thief will come to destroy us. Satan is a real enemy and he comes but to kill, rob and destroy, but Jesus came so that we would have life and more abundantly. Do not be weary with well doing. Run the race with perseverance and we will enter into the Father’s rest. There is a great reward awaiting us as we follow the teachings of the Shema and keep the words of the lord ever before us. When we rise up, in the heat of the day, when we lie down. Never forget that entropy does not sleep. But greater is He who is within you then He who is in the world.

            Moving quickly unto the third law that reminds us of how the energy to stray is stay into chaos is strongest when we are the furthest from it. The closer you get to God the more the enemy is going to be fighting you. This is a battle of life and death proportions. We are talking about you and your family’s eternal souls. If you think for one minute that all you need in life is good instruction and direction then you are going to find yourself eternally without true peace. Jesus Christ was not just some good teacher. God did not simply give us His eternal word just to keep us from killing each other. The Holy Spirit is not working within your heart right now just so you can have a fleeting moment of feel good. God loves you and wants you to fully experience the redemption He has made for you. God has paid the price in full for all of your sins and is reaching out in love offering you His entire kingdom. Satan lost that opportunity. Satan will never again be allowed to know the eternal splendor and glory of the one true, all might God. But you now have that opportunity. What I am telling you is that it is going to be a struggle. When you come to the knowledge of the truth all hell is going to break out and try to drag you down with it. But again remember greater is He, greater is He, GREATER IS HE WHO IS WITHIN YOU THEN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD!       

            How did God take a world that was empty and full of chaos and turn it into the Garden of Eden? He began by speaking the words “Let there be light.” God Himself is light and He has made a way for you to find your way through the darkness. Call unto Him today and let the light of Christ dwell within you. Go after God with everything you have got within you. Press on towards that high calling in Him and be strong and of great courage for the Lord our God is with you. Amen and Amen.