Making Order out of Chaos
by Dan Ormond
Today James confronts us with another heart check: what guides our daily decisions and actions—heavenly ambitions or selfish ambitions? Are we driven by wisdom that comes from above or our own wisdom?

What I appreciate about James is that he is such a “faith-in-actions” kind of guy, that is to say, our faith and what we believe should and will reveal itself in our lives. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life.” Or as it is interpreted by Eugene Peterson in The Message, “It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.” Let me add my two cents in there and say that I think the way we talk counts as well. The way we talk, and the words we use towards one another (as we read yesterday) are very powerful and are a part of the way we live. Nonetheless, James encourages us to be guided by heavenly wisdom rather than human wisdom, and rightly so; let’s take a look at 1 Corinthians 1:25 which says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Today let us examine the areas of our lives that seem in chaos and disorder. Often times, those areas that are in chaos are due to a reliance on our own wisdom and a refusal to let God be in control. Let us pray for heavenly wisdom around those areas and watch as God brings order and peace.

Dan OrmondAbout Dan Ormond
I've been married to Stacy for 15 years and we have 5 children: Isabelle, Emerson, Jackson, Reese and Ryder. We have been attending BCC for 9 years now. I’m a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and served in the Young Life ministry for 14 years here in Rochester. Currently I work at Summit Forest Products in Buffalo.
Prayer of the Week
Heavenly Father, in humility we come to you; we submit our lives to you because we trust you. Lead and guide us today so that our lives reflect our love for you.
Weekly Memory Verse
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
-James 4:7
Monthly Spiritual Practice
Praying For Our Enemies
When was the last time you prayed for your enemy? Even your enemies were created for God’s purposes, and he wants their love also. If they are truly mistreating you, lying or being hurtful, then they are not behaving in a way that will nurture a relationship with him. So don’t pray for your enemy to stop offending you; pray for your enemy to stop offending God. When they respond to God in faith, everyone else benefits too.