Managing the Madness


Do you easily find yourself in other people’s madness? Jesus is our example of CHAYIL. The Hebrew word CHAYIL in Strong’s Concordance means God-fearing, strong, mighty, wise, able, trained, excellent, great, active, powerful, focused among many other rich powerful words. Jesus was focused in His purpose and ministry, intentional with His actions, disciples, friends, and His prayer life. He is our great example of a disciplined life.

His Family

His family came looking for Him, embarrassed as people were beginning to doubt His credibility, passion, and the people he was hanging around with. When the disciples told Him that they are looking for Him His answer was, “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35).

His ‘Special’ Disciples

Jesus sent a team ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for His visit and they did not welcome Him there. His passionate disciples were fuming mad. “When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” (Luke 9:54). Jesus of course rebuked them as He often did.

Hard Religious Leaders

They came to all His crusades with hardened heart to criticize and create disunity. Nothing He said or did was pleasing to them. Their hearts were hardened with tradition and jealousy. Even when He healed the sick, delivered people from demons they would call Him names to undermine His glory. In one case, He delivered a man who was dumb and the crowd was amazed. But the religious leaders immediately negated the miracle, but some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” (Luke 11:15).

Jesus, however, managed the madness and guarded His heart and glory.