For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. All things should be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40 / ESV)
Our orderly God usually speaks with a “still, small voice.” We must quiet ourselves to hear it.
Books, wads of paper, and pencils were flying through the air. Students were yelling and jumping everywhere. Cell phones were ringing, fights were breaking out, and not much learning was taking place. In the middle of this sea of confusion, the overwhelmed teacher spent most of his time trying to restore order instead of teaching. This chaotic scene occurred in a public school classroom where I volunteered. When the class ended, I hurriedly welcomed the quiet solitude of my car to gather my thoughts – and sanity!
Quietness & Orderliness
Today’s verses remind us of the need for quietness and orderliness in the Christian life. Apparently, the Corinthian church was enthusiastic – and disorderly! Whether it was a favorite song, a personal word of instruction, a preference for speaking in tongues, or clamoring to interpret what was said, everyone pushed their own selfish agenda. Imagine this scene in our church – or even our own lives. In such a disruptive environment, how can anything of value be accomplished?
Paul urges us to perform our collective and orderly efforts to strengthen the church (v. 26) by helping to develop and encourage everyone (v. 31). And throughout Scripture, God calls for us to individually quiet ourselves so we can hear His Spirit speak to our hearts and minds. Psalm 46:10 whispers, “Be still and know that I am God.” This involves finding a quiet place, away from the noisy and disorderly distractions of the world, where we focus on God and realize His sovereign control. Isaiah 30:15 counsels, “In quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” By quieting ourselves before Him and leaning fully on Him, He gives us the inner peace and strength to meet the demands of life.
Even Christ periodically left the noise and stress of the crowds to spend quiet time in prayer, meditation, and inner restoration. We are wise to follow His example. He said, “Learn from me…and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
So, within the chaotic and busy moments of your life, schedule a daily quiet time with the God of order and peace.
- When did you last spent quiet time with God and His Word (without the TV, radio, cell phone, text messages, iPod/iPad, or any other distraction)?
- Knowing life’s demand can quickly consume your unallocated time, when would be the best time of the day to schedule this quiet time?
- What has God whispered to your heart during one of your recent quiet times together?