Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #48
“God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace. This is the rule for all the meetings of God’s people.”
1 Corinthians 14:33 (ERV)
All across Canada decisions are being made about how we are to deal with the pandemic. Politicians and medical authorities are giving advice, setting guidelines and issuing edicts on a regular basis. Sometimes it feels like just when we are getting used to one new regulation, another is given that seems contradictory. And just as we are understanding what the rules are for one level of restriction, they change the level of restriction and we have to learn all the implications of the new level. No wonder confusion often reigns in our daily lives and relationships.
How in the world do we deal with all of this?
The Bible is clear that God is not the author of confusion. In 1 Corinthians 14:33 Paul writes: “God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace.”
How does this help us deal with the confusion that too often marks our world today?
The context of this verse is the use of spiritual gifts in the church. Reading 1 Corinthians 14 we can infer that the worship gatherings in the church in Corinth were totally out of order – pandemonium is not too strong a word. So, Paul calls these young believers, who had come out of the uncontrollable, demonic worship of the local deities, to Holy Spirit-directed orderly worship. This would be a witness to the non-believers in Corinth that the God who has been revealed through Jesus Christ, is not a God of confusion but of peace.
God is not just the God of peace in the Church, however. While in this particular context Paul is speaking about God’s nature being that of peace and not confusion within the Church, the principle is universal. In fact, just look at the laws of nature to see just how orderly the Creator is.
In the midst of these pandemic days, when there is so much confusion and craziness in our world, we who follow Jesus Christ must live our lives in a way that manifests the peace that only God can bring in the midst of confusion.
What exactly does that mean? Christians can be just as confused about how we are supposed to act, where we can go, with whom we can be, as the non-Christian.
There are two responses to that question. First, we are to be peacemakers. It is so easy to continue to add fuel to the fire, to respond to everybody’s latest idea about every implication of the pandemic. Instead, we must ask ourselves “how can I bring some peace, some sanity, to all that is happening on our world.” Jesus said in Matthew 5:9 “blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” How can you bring the peace of Christ to others who are overwhelmed with confusion during these challenging times?
Second, lay your confusion at the feet of Jesus. In 1 Peter 5:7, the Amplified Bible invites us to “[cast] all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”
You can’t bring peace to others until you have experienced Jesus’ peace in your own heart. So, cast your confusion, your anxiety, your cares, your worries on Him. And the peace of God will fill your heart, helping you to think clearly and to bring His peace to those around you who are desperate for it as well.
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.