For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it (he established it;
he did not create it a chaos,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, "Seek me in chaos."
I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right. Isaiah 45:18-19
God created the world to be inhabited. God did not create chaos. What does that mean? What is chaos? Is it complexity; that marvelous sense that there is a pattern to the whole universe, that if you go deep enough what looked unrelated is actually a field, a pattern. Does this mean that the randomness, the seeming separation is but illusions? God didn’t create a jumble. God spoke truth and rightness.
Or is chaos – what is spoken of before the beginning. There was darkness, void, churning and God, Spirit. It is chaos that is untruth and wrongness. Chaos breaks through the bounds bringing disorder, evil. God works to keep chaos at bay, but does not create a control of it.
Yet there is more also to chaos here. There is meant to be order. There is meant to be light, life, truth, rightness, yet we seek chaos. We seek that which leads to destruction. That is not what God intends. God intends life for this world. A pattern based on truth and rightness.
God order our chaos. Open the way of truth and right. Speak the word that we might hear and follow. Amen.