Saturday, July 13, 2013

Track 2 Devotional: Chaos Theory

About the song

Sometimes inspiration can come from unexpected places. It just so happened I got stuck on a major Jurassic Park kick. I watched all the movies, and for some reason I was still unsatisfied. I had never read the book before, so I checked it out from the library. The book contains detailed information about Chaos Theory, and its briefly mentioned in the movie.
The book is wonderful, and all the Chaos Theory stuff really intrigued me. Halfway though reading the book, I get this idea. I thought about how Chaos Theory could be applied to sin nature. I sent Josh a text explaining this idea, and how we should write a song about it. He’s also a Jurassic fan, so he loved the idea.
My understanding of Chaos Theory is fairly basic. Let’s face it, I’m no Scientist. I do know that it’s used in stories about time travel. Basically, one little thing can be changed in the past, and it can lead to a many disastrous changes in the future. Jurassic Park not a story about time travel, but that idea of Chaos Theory is still evident. Basically, a small effect can lead to a catastrophic cause.
In our lives sin can be like this. A small sin, leads to a bigger one, then a bigger one and so on. Sometimes it seems like one little mistake can lead our lives to complete ruin. If those little mistakes go uncorrected they surely can. The more we get caught into a sinful pattern, the harder it can become to get out of it.
Luckily for us, Jesus came to bring order in the midst of this chaos that sin can produces in our lives. We don’t have to be a slave to sin anymore. Our lives don’t have to be caught in a web of chaos. We can obtain peace and freedom in Jesus Christ.

The Biblical “King” of Chaos Theory

“One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace, from the roof he saw a woman bathing – a very beautiful woman.”
2 Samuel 11:2

From scripture, we learn that David is a man after God’s own heart, but the event in 2 Samuel 11:2 is the beginning of an escalating sin cycle. This is the story of David’s adultery with Bathsheba. Of course, many of us have heard this story before, but how well do we really know it? How does a man after God’s own heart get so caught up in this kind of cycle?
We may have to back up to verse one for a minute, “In the Spring when the kings march out to war, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but DAVID REMAINED IN JERUSALEM.” Wait a minute, he did what?! Is this not the same guy that fought and killed a giant when he was just a youth? Now he’s sending his men out to war, while he’s just sitting back in his palace playing big man on the throne. Maybe the status of being king is getting to his head a little, in other words, its pride.
  After pride started to set in, then he saw Bathsheba bathing from the roof. That’s when lust set in. Because he’s the king, he has a way of getting what he wants. Then his lust becomes adultery. Can you see the cycle? Pride leads to lust. Lust leads to adultery. The cycle has started, and it will get much worse.
Bathsheba gets pregnant, and then David tries to cover it up. First, he sends for her husband, Uriah, and tried to give him a “break from the war” and told him to spend a night at home. However, Uriah was a man of principle. He wouldn’t spend a night with his wife because his comrades were off at war. So then, David arranges Uriah’s death. Pride leads to lust, Lust leads to adultery. Adultery leads deceit. Deceit leads to murder. One small step can lead to disaster.
Eventually David would repent, but not before things spiraled out of control. Often we can get caught in similar cycles like this. Make no mistake, David was a man God. That only serves to show us, that even the best of us can fall prey to “Chaos Theory” Our only hope is to remain in Christ. In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Everyday we must turn away from our old selves, and follow him. The blood of Christ is the only cure for the chaos that is sin.
 - Casey Davis


1. What cycle of Chaos are you currently feeling trapped in?

2. In what areas of life are you neglecting to allow God room to direct your path?

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