“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33a ESV)
Two words that stand out to me: confusion and peace.
In the context of confused worship in Corinth, Paul sets up a direct contrast for us.
It’s my experience in speaking with fellow disciples that each of us is prone to be confused at some level. I think that this confusion has some relation to our view of man, and therefore our view of God.
When I think I’m in charge, but have little real control over my own circumstances, I become confused and anxious when things don’t go as I planned.
But, when I seek the direction of God, wait for his wisdom to guide me, stop expecting what I want, I find that my journey is more peace filled.
As a favorite preacher recently asked: Who’s in charge, me or God?
The Corinthians had begun figuring out things and mixing practices that were unacceptable to God. He then spoke to them through the inspired pen of Paul to guide them. Sometimes I mix my plans in with God’s. The result? Confusion, not peace.
So, if things in life feel confused. Stop, take your compass, turn it to true north (dwell with Jesus through the Scriptures and prayer) and make sure you’re heading in the right direction. (I’m learning that regular, focused giving glory to God really helps, especially when I’m in pain or confused.)
For even in tough circumstances, if we’re abiding in Him, we will find peace.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33a ESV