TRUTH: Know Jesus to Avoid Chaos


I just got off the phone with a person that I care about. The person’s life is in shambles because the marriage is falling apart. I a remember the person and I speaking in my office this year. Since I was a follower of Jesus, the person wanted to know my thoughts about getting married. I asked did the person being considered for matrimony Know Jesus. The person said, “Yes”. I asked if the person was sure as knowing Jesus was the most important matter to consider when looking to establish a relationship especially one where marriage is the end game. I essentially told the person the TRUTH: Know Jesus to Avoid Chaos.

While I am no marriage pundit, I have been married or relating to my wife for 27 years. There are some principles that are true in every relationship. I shared with the person that God told me the criteria for someone for me to marry – one who loves me more than she loves you. When I asked God why, I told the person that God said, “When she gets mad at you, her allegiance will be to me. As a result, I can’t get her to respond to me in truth rather than her allegiance being to you and responding to you out anger or any other sin.” I took God at His Word. We need to base all our decisions on the Word which is why I say TRUTH: Know Jesus to Avoid Chaos.

Let’s see an example in Mark 4. (crf Matthew 8)

30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

There are a number of perspectives/points included in those verses; however, I only want to point to the TRUTH: Know Jesus to Avoid Chaos.  They were on their way to take care of other business of Jesus when they encountered a storm. We all know how the storms of life interrupt us as we are on our way to another station in life. Like the disciples, if we are attending to God’s work and Jesus is with us through the indwelling Holy Spirit, we too can endure the chaos of the storms of life. Notice they were not immune or exempt from encountering the storm. Neither will we be exempt from chaos of life; however, the key is what is our relationship with Jesus. Remember John 16:33 where Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We will have trouble in this world, but with Jesus, we can have peace in the midst of our trouble or chaos.

37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

Where was Jesus? He was in the boat with them. What was Jesus doing? He was asleep. Why? He was tired from meeting the needs of the people He has provided for earlier in the text. Why did the disciples think Jesus did not care what happened to them? Jesus did not act or respond in the manner and time frame that they envisioned. I don’t blame them. If I had Jesus in the boat with me that was about to sink because it was filling up with water, I would wake Him up too, but it would be to say to save me not to blame me. That is where many of us struggle. We struggle over a truths, (1. Jesus being with us. 2. Jesus caring for us, 3. Jesus having the power or authority to do something about our situation.) that we should have settled in our hearts as believers and followers of Jesus. We struggle with the TRUTH: Know Jesus to Avoid Chaos.

Jesus calmed the storm and the disciples were truly amazed at that power, but Jesus wanted them to have the faith of the Centurion (Matthew 8) who believed at Jesus’ Word his servant would be healed and was. Jesus knew that they had not fully understood the TRUTH: Know Jesus to Avoid Chaos. This why He said, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” What storm are you facing now? What is about to take you under? God, through Jesus Christ, wants you to TRUST in Jesus. God wants us to believe the TRUTH: Know Jesus to Avoid Chaos. Psalms 9:10 says, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Like the Centurion who knew the power of Jesus and His name, God wants us to KNOW Jesus to Avoid Chaos of our lives. 

Below is a song by Trip Lee that resonates with me and reminds me that God is saying Know Me.

 

“Know Me”

I wanna intodruce y’all to a friend of mine
A lot of y’all don’t know him
But maybe you’ll understand if he talks to you

Good evening, it’s me, yeah it sounds so strange
May not know me but I’m in my house all day
Since I came I ain’t never been without no fame
Always grab attention, mayne without no strain
Yeah you heard of me, maybe I slipped out your brain
Some they really love me, no doubt, no vain
Others think I’m whack like “he sounds so lame”
Some are somewhere in the middle like when alto sing
But yup, you might find me fresh of the presses
Dressed in the best, love I can’t spare to reckon
Lives over lives, I’m direct with a message
Incapable of lies, come correct when I step in
Known to change lives, yeah my rep is impressive
Some don’t really get me, ’cause I am hard to see
I’ve split up some families, I’m known to cause wreckage
Some don’t really get me, they say I’m hard to read

Know me
Know me, Know
Know me
Know me, Know

Ey, I’m so old school but I’m relevant to new
In the league of my own, known for tellin’ them the Truth
I know fakes that oppose, but I’m tellin’ ’em to move
‘Cause they ain’t on my level like my elevator move
They try to hang it, compete it with out brain
But they just ain’t the same, they miss, they playin’ games
I got Truth that they missin’, ’bout what they can’t obtain
Thay facin’ that real, one day they will be ashamed
No challenges can harm me, I’m battlin’ the storm
I know folks that got my quotes tatted on they arms
But they missin’ the point, from Atlanta to the Bronx
If they lives don’t change then they battles ain’t in form
I get you gotta speak on matters that’ll form
The way you see the world from your calories to porn
If you hear me but never change, better be alarmed
I need do, it’s not hear, it’s just the norm, Let’s go

Know me
Know me, Know
Know me
Know me, Know

Hey throughout my lifetime, I done seen a lot of folks
Been around the world but ain’t seen a lot of hope
And I came to help if they believed in what I spoke
Most ain’t listen very well, they just read a lot of quotes
Been used and abused by most of families
Some dudes in them pews, please don’t remind me
The views that they choose, really don’t define me
Look, I just wanna be understood
Hey, I’m a great storyteller and a beast of a poet
A master historian, esteemed by the coldest
And all of this is centered around He’s who they notice
But didn’t recognize as the King who controls it
The most high up, and I’m so inspired
By you moved, created everything, done triumph
I take it, He’s a lover plus a known fighter
But I can’t take credit ’cause I got a ghost writer

You ain’t caught it yet?
I’m talkin’ ’bout the Word
Yeah, and if you don’t know Him you need to
Study His ways and they will keep you from evil
Word

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