The Plan in the Chaos

Oct 14, 2021 | Dennis Heppner, Lifestyle

plan in the chaos

God makes no mistakes. God never guesses. He never over-thinks anything. He is never confused, never anxious, and never without a plan.

The universe testifies to the order determined by the Creator. The sun comes up every day. The moon in its various versions appears each night. The seasons come and go. The order of the planets, stars, and galaxies never stops. One of my family members has a beautiful saying, “No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” That is true—it was designed by a God who holds everything in the palm of His hand.

The nations, as disturbed and conflicted as they may appear, are also on God’s “radar.” He sees how things are playing out in every country and He is actually moving it all to a predetermined end. This is often puzzling for us to watch, and because we don’t see what is behind the scenes, many of us become fearful.

My wife Denie loves to puzzle. She often opens a puzzle and spreads the pieces on a table. To look at the early stages of a puzzle it appears to be chaos—a merging of incomplete images and multiple colors seemingly without connection. She has the puzzle box with a photo, showing the projected outcome. From that design, she patiently works on putting the pieces in order.
The world looks a bit like that today. Because we don’t have the photo on the box, most of it doesn’t make sense. Governments appear to be out of control. Politicians often appear completely incompetent. I’m looking at this world and the nations as I look at Denie’s puzzles—just an apparent mess of colors with no order.

But hidden in this world’s confusion of religions, ideologies, and politics, I believe that the hand of God is on the nations. It won’t make sense until the final outcome. It never does to anyone who does not have the picture on the box.

God makes no mistakes. God never guesses. He never over-thinks anything. He is never confused, never anxious, and never without a plan.

The Bible is our “picture.” It gives us a glimpse of the direction God is going with the world. We have the assurance based on everything God has made, and everything from the past, that He really is in control. Out of chaos, He brings order and design and beauty.

We all have seasons of despair and confusion, but here’s what I know: God has good plans for us.

God said to the nation of Israel, “I have plans for you.” And then they were almost wiped off the face of the earth. Was this the plan? God told them, “I have plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future.” And in time, the nation of Israel has been reborn and is thriving today!

God has a plan in the chaos—for me and for you. Now let’s not get excited and take matters into our own hands! Think big. Think universe. Think solar systems. Think of the laws of nature. Oh yes! Yes! Yes! He made all that. He can take care of me and you.

When chaos comes, don’t jump to conclusions. Jump for joy! God has not changed. We are as inconsistent as tall grass in the wind. The wind blows and we wave back and forth. But the wind never moves the rocks. The troubles we see never move God. Best to sit down upon something that never moves – the rock, Christ Jesus.

We must be faithful. We must keep walking. We continue listening to God and keep expressing our faith to God in our words. “Lord, all around me is chaos! I don’t get it. But I know you do. Lord, I don’t know what to do, but I do know you. And you will turn this around.”

Take a deep breath and relax today…you are going somewhere with God…you just don’t have the complete map. But God sees the chaos and He sees the map. He is in control. Hallelujah!


In what areas of your life have you been anxious and overthinking? Will you accept that you are not in control of shaping the future, and believe that God is?


Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Reading Plan: Deuteronomy 8-14


Heavenly Father, I choose to believe that you have a plan amidst the chaos I see. I choose to have faith that nothing escapes your sight. I know that you have plans for me, and that the events that surround me, no matter how bad, are moving towards your desired conclusion. You are the Creator – and I trust You!


Take a deep breath, and relax! Express your faith in God in your own words: “I don’t know what to do, but I know you do! And you will turn this around!” Keep walking, keep trusting, and continue hoping. Our God is the Rock. He is in control! #Plans #Chaos #Faith #rockofsecurity

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Dennis Heppner grew up in Canada and was called to ministry as a young boy. Dennis and his wife Denie, who was also called to missions as a child, pastored 4 churches in Canada, but in 1987 the door opened to come to the Philippines as missionaries. They brought their 4 eldest children with them and the kids grew up here. In 2006 they adopted Emma Rose, a special Filipino treasure and a gift from God to their family.

Dennis has been a missionary evangelist in Asia for 25 years. He was the director of LIFESCHOOLS of ministry and pastored 3 churches in the early years of his ministry based in the Philippines. He is currently the founder and President of Developing Effective Leaders (DEL), superintendent of Church of God West Asia, and the founding and lead Pastor of the vibrant, growing Church of God Makati.

Dennis and Denie and their whole family, including Josh and Melody who live in Canada, are committed to missions, leadership, and the call of Christ.

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Extended Bio HERE.

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