“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33 )
In the beginning God saw disorder and he brought order to it. In Noah’s time the people had sunk into disorder and evil, and God washed it away in so that order could reassert itself. At the Tower of Babel the people had become arrogant which would lead to disorder again, so God subdivided the group and brought a new order to their culture. God spoke to Abraham out of the disorder of beliefs established a new order. Throughout the Old Testament the battle between disorder made by humanity and order ordained by God continued.
But with Jesus, the order that God desired was set down without question. And still we function in disorder and chaos. God desires order not because the Divine wants to control, but because in order there is peace. When our relationships are orderly and fair shalom can be extended to all people.
And here would be the end of a good meditation but for one thing, verses surrounding this verse; or in other words, the order of thoughts the writer of 1 Corinthians has written.
“Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. . . . Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. (verses 26b, 29-32)
What is being talked about here is worship. And why would I reveal the fact that verse 33 is not an exhortation for all things? So as to make this further point; humanity has brought disorder to what should be an orderly process. It is not that existence is not out of order that God has to step in. We, humanity continue to let our own issues and agenda get in the way of what should be a peaceful and orderly experience. Where ever we see disorder in our world, it is not because God has let it get out of control. It is because humanity continues to bring its own imperfect order to life.
May you seek the order of God for you life so that your life may be a peaceful one. Selah!