For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33
We were so excited to see our little boys! It has been too long since we have seen them, and we missed them so!
They have changed! They have grown in this short amount of time, and they both seemed to be older and more mature. And as Cole and I played, one thing I really noticed was that he wanted everything to be in its place. When I left a book lying on the floor, he reminded me that I needed to put it back on the shelf where it belonged. He told me that his room needed to be kept neat – everything needed to be in order and in its place. And every time we finished with something we were playing, we had to clean it up before going on to something else! He just needed to know that everything was as it should be!
How many times do we feel as if things just aren’t as they should be in our own lives? Outwardly, everything looks great, but inwardly, we seem to be filled with turmoil and discontent. We worry so much about how our lives appear to others and how our outward appearance looks, but often we neglect the inside.
Sometimes we need to put “our house in order” – not so much our domestic affairs, but our “affairs of the heart”. Are our priorities in the right place? Are we looking to God, dependent upon Him and trusting in His love and grace, and not in ourselves? Are we living lives that are filled with contentment, gratitude, and peace that would be pleasing to Him? Do we love others with a sincere and unselfish heart?
This verse reminds us that God expects this same “divine order” for us. From Genesis through Revelation, this principle can be found in God’s Word. Our Creator wants us to have the confidence, direction, and especially peace it can bring.
We can look around us and see the order of things in nature and in everything God has made. We can clearly see that His established order includes purpose and meaning. He does not desire a world of confusion, chaos, disorder, and random living for us. He wants us to live by His truths.
“For God is not a God of disorder,” nor does He want us to have the belief that anything goes. We know what God desires for our lives. This “divine order” is one that should direct our steps and our actions. Our attitude should be one of reverence and respect, one worthy of Him.
What peace to know we don’t have to make difficult decisions in this changing world that we are unsure of. God has given us His divine guidelines for living. What peace and order that can bring to our hearts and to our lives!
Our most loving Creator and Sustainer of Life, thank you for giving us a world of order – where things in nature occur in a structured and organized way. Help us to look to you for the same order in our lives – with truths and guidelines for daily living that can bring security, confidence, and peace. May our hearts always be focused on you and the life you desire for us. Amen.