Grace, Life, Wisdom

On chaos, grace and the wisdom that grace imparts on us

© May 25, 2018 | Schulter Etyang

My previous post was about Jesus and his attraction to chaos. Jesus uses chaos to his advantage for your good. He is a master at turning chaos into beauty. I also wrote that chaos is the connecting dot or link to God’s superabounding grace. Without chaos, grace has no purpose. Without grace, chaos destroys. Chaos and grace work hand in hand. They need each other. 

I would like to point out something else that grace does after it deals with the chaos. Grace imparts wisdom. There is a story that illustrates this truth so succinctly. (2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV)

Elisha meets this widow who has two sons. The widow tells Elisha that the creditor is coming for her sons because of a debt her late husband owed. Her sons will have to work as slaves to repay the debt. 

Then Elisha asks her a very important question, what do you want me to do for you? What do you have, woman? I have nothing but a jar of oil, she replies. So Elisha gives her some instructions, which she follows to the tee. She asks her neighbours for more containers and then pours out the oil until the containers are full. When she doesn’t get more containers, the oil stops flowing. Elisha then instructs her to go sell the oil, pay off her debt, and live on the rest. 

Notice two things happened here;

Firstly, grace dealt with the chaos – Grace supplied the finances to pay off the debt. The widow asked for help and grace saw an opportunity to shine. Grace did not ask why and how but dealt with it.

Secondly, grace imparted wisdom – Grace instructed the widow to pay off the debt. This is wisdom. Grace gave the wisdom to break free from the cyclic dysfunction that had gripped this family.

Sometimes, I get the sense that Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians have been taught enough of expecting God to do miracles for them. And rightly so. But not enough of the wisdom that is needed to prevent the problem from recurring. For example, many of us want out of debt. But when the financial break comes, we use the finances to make even more debt. We are then caught up in this tailspin – always asking God for a miracle and then getting into more trouble. Grace is attracted to chaos but does not leave chaos as is. Grace also imparts wisdom to make right decisions.

Grace is attracted to chaos but does not leave chaos as is. Grace also imparts wisdom to make right decisions

If you are a sinner, grace saves you. Neither do I condemn you, Jesus says. Grace also imparts the wisdom on how to live – go and sin no more.

If you are poor, grace makes you rich because Jesus was made poor for you. Grace also imparts the wisdom to make wealth, develop a career, get an education, get out of debt, tithing, etc.

If you are a student, grace helps you pass your exams. Grace also imparts wisdom on how to manage your time, how to manage your other activities, etc.

If you are in an abusive relationship, grace saves you from the abuse. Grace also imparts wisdom so that you are able to recognize this pattern of abuse and the boldness to walk away.

If you are constantly fighting with your spouse, grace fights for you. Grace also imparts wisdom on how to tame your tongue, communicate, love, etc.

If you are single, grace teaches you how to live as a single person. Grace also imparts you with wisdom on how and who to date – what to look for in a potential partner.

If you are an employee, grace favours you. Grace also wisdom for ideas and strategies that make you an invaluable employee to your company. When they think of letting you go, they have to think twice.

If you are a parent, grace helps you with raising your kids. Grace imparts you with wisdom on how to discipline, love your kids when they are unlovable, define and maintain boundaries, etc.

If you are in ministry, grace anoints you. Grace also imparts the wisdom to pace yourself.

If your health is not good, grace heals you. Grace also imparts wisdom to lead a healthier lifestyle – usually involves rest, exercise, diet, etc.

If you are addicted to anything, say illicit drugs, smoking, drinking, porn etc. Grace breaks off the addiction. Grace also imparts wisdom on how to set boundaries, develop new habits, etc.

After the chaos is solved, your life could be more beautiful if you receive and apply the wisdom that grace offers you.

That’s what grace looks like

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Schulter Etyang leads The Life Place in Johannesburg, South Africa. Schulter is one whom Jesus loves. He loves his wife, Jenny, and enjoys reading, travelling, cooking, running and playing squash. He also enjoys conversations with friends about Jesus and about life.