Monday, April 11, 2011

Contentment in Chaos

The number 11 in Bible numerology means disorder and chaos (as in “9/11”). Not to spook you out, but less than four months into 2011, the world has already witnessed unprecedented chaos in North Africa, the Middle East, and extreme natural catastrophes, including of course, the devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan—the latter followed by a tsunami that killed 25,000 and damaged several of Japan’s nuclear reactors with as yet unknown consequence.

According to Shaddy Soliman, pastor of Every Nation Church in Florida and co-author of “Islam and Terrorism,” the symbol of 11 is beginning to manifest: “We’re seeing history-making events unfold before our eyes… Fasten your seat belts, because we haven’t seen the best of it yet. But the good news is that 12 is the number of order and perfection.”

While I can’t be sure “order” is around the corner, of this I am sure. The good news for believers is that even in difficult times we can be safe, blessed, content and full of peace by trusting that God is good, and has good things planned for us. "For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome" (Jeremiah 29:11).

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