Do you ever have days that you would describe as the "silent balance of chaos"?
I'm reminded of an incident in Scripture where the disciples were in a boat with Jesus crossing the Lake of Galilee when a storm blew up.
Mark 4:37-41 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
I think we would all agree that being in a boat in the middle of a threatening storm is the epitome of chaos. The main reason for this is you do not know where the next wave is coming from and whether it will be the one that finally swamps your boat and potentially ends your life.
So, given this context have you ever been curious as to why Jesus used the words "peace be still"?
As it turns out "peace" was the most powerful word Jesus could have used in this situation.
Because the word picture for peace in Hebrew is "destroy the authority that establishes chaos".
Now it isn't everyday that we find ourselves in a boat battling a storm, so what relevance does this account have to your daily life and my daily life?
Well believe it or not the word picture in Hebrew for our english word thought is: "the silent balance of chaos".
Our thoughts are like the ocean, they are never still, they are always on the move. One minute there can be a sense of calm and the next minute we are facing a thought that has the potential to swamp our "boat".
These massive fluctuations in our thoughts are triggered by the relentless lies and accusations the enemy throws at us night and day.
So, now you see "peace" is not just a word it is actually a weapon designed to win the battle in your "silent balance of chaos".