Faith Matters: Peace in the midst of chaos

  • Pastor Jason Beamon in The Greenfield Alliance Church on Chapman Street in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Pastor Jason Beamon in The Greenfield Alliance Church on Chapman Street in Greenfield. May 25, 2017 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • The Greenfield Alliance Church on Chapman Street in Greenfield. May 25, 2017 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Greenfield Alliance Church
Friday, June 16, 2017

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The world is a chaotic and angry place these days. Maybe it was because I didn’t watch the news as a kid, but I feel like I cannot watch TV without hearing about terrorism and death. I’m always watching and hearing people yell at and insult each other over opposing political views. Most recently, we all saw the picture of Kathy Griffin holding the fake severed head of our president. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see something like that in my lifetime. It’s one thing to disagree with someone, or even dislike them, but that one crossed a line. It was a testament to the condition our world is in, and it greatly concerns me. It should concern us all.

I’m reminded of Mark, chapter 4 when Jesus calmed the storm. It says,

“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’ 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’”

This world we live in feels like the boat the disciples and Jesus were in that night. It’s chaotic. It’s frightening. It’s violent. But it is still subject to Jesus. Now, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find the disciples’ response a bit funny. “Really? The boat is sinking and you’re taking a nap?!”

I think if we’re honest, we’ve all been there. In the midst of the chaos, we’ve wondered where God was. The truth of the matter is we live in a world that is a broken place. It’s full of people who make bad decisions and who hurt other people. It’s full of hatred and anger. If you’re like me, you’ve looked out at the mess that our world has become and you’ve wondered where God was in all of it.

I assure you, He’s there.

The good news of the Gospel of Christ is that it brings peace. The same Jesus who calmed the storm in the aforementioned passage still calms the storm today. Jesus knew when they left port that night that they would encounter the storm. He wasn’t surprised by it, he certainly wasn’t bothered by it, considering he was sleeping in the stern. When the disciples questioned him, he challenged their faith. They had to learn the hard way to trust him.

It’s hard to remember in chaotic times that Jesus has called us to trust him. It’s an easy thing to trust someone when it’s smooth sailing through calm seas, but the real test of our faith comes when it gets challenged.

Friends, I don’t see things getting any less rocky in our world. I don’t know what the future holds but I do know the one who holds it. If you are reading this and you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, my encouragement to you is that you would come to know him. Nothing in this world can bring true peace except him. Nothing can fill the emptiness in our hearts except him. It is the desire of God that we would come to know and experience his peace, and I pray you would make that decision to follow Jesus Christ.

I would love the chance to meet you. I invite you to attend our Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. I hope to see you this Sunday.

About the Church

Pastor Jason became the senior pastor at Greenfield Alliance Church in December 2016. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. and we have a weekly prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. We offer children’s ministry for children ages birth to sixth grade, as well as an AWANA program during the school year on Friday nights. If you have any questions, please visit www.greenfieldcma.net. Email: church@greenfieldcma.net