In the creation of the universe, God made everything with perfection and order. He created mankind in His own image out of nothing and placed them in the Garden of Eden, where there was perfect glory and order. The plants, animals, seas, and stars were all created to support the existence of His most important creation.
The Greek word for confusion is akatastasia, which means upheaval, instability, or disturbance. But God is a God of order. Satan intruded into the picture and introduced sin, chaos, and disorder. Today our frail, imperfect daily lives are marked with pain, turmoil, and confusion. Our conduct is often marred by chaos and disorder at home, the workplace, and places of worship.
Oftentimes, there is a sore lack of unity and harmony within our ranks. But, God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. He yearns for order and righteousness in our lives.
- 1 What Is The Cause Of Confusion?
- 2 What Does It Mean That God Is Not The Author Of Confusion?
- 3 Why Is It Important To Know That God Is Not The Author Of Confusion?
- 4 A Prayer For Peace In Church
- 5 Conclusion
What Is The Cause Of Confusion?
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.—1 Peter 5:8
Satan is the architect of sin and disorder. He sows such confusion and chaos wherever he goes. He creeps into our lives and intrudes into all the churches and worship services. He is jealous of God and seeks to undermine everything that is good and right. The devil is a liar and a thief, and he will stop at nothing to destroy us. But we need not fear him, for God is stronger than the devil, and He has promised to protect us from all evil.
We must be mindful of Satan’s tactics and guard our hearts against him at all times (Ephesians 6:11). We must remember that we are not alone in this battle; God is with us every step of the way (Psalm 46:1). The Bible states that we must pray for strength in difficult times, surrender our lives to Christ, and remain steadfast against temptation (James 4:7).
What Does It Mean That God Is Not The Author Of Confusion?
God Is A God Of Order
So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But all things should be done decently and in order.—1 Corinthians 14:39–40
In the Bible, the apostle Paul exhorted the Corinthian church to pursue order and good stewardship of the gifts God has given them. This is especially true when they gathered together to worship God. Discord and confusion prevailed during those moments when people were speaking in tongues with no one interpreting them.
Women were not allowed to speak in public but should ask their own husbands at home. There were also overlapping prophecies, disorderly prayer and singing, and perplexing testimonies.
God does not desire that we go overboard when utilizing the spiritual gifts He’s bestowed upon us. As God’s people, it is important for us to remain respectful of one another’s spiritual gifts, for those gifts to be done “decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). The Bible says that if one is blessed with the ability to speak in tongues, this gift is best utilized when it is properly interpreted and shared.
The same is true for any other gift—all should be used in a manner that will not lead to confusion or hinder true worship. God requires that we should never be careless in how we exercise the gifts the Lord has graciously given to us, but instead exercise them with grace, respect, and in a way that glorifies Him.
The Holy Spirit Is Helper And Truth
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.—John 16:13
The Holy Spirit brings direction to our paths and purpose to our work, church services, and personal lives. We learn to seek and recognize the beauty in every situation, to persevere in our struggles, and to live with integrity and humility. We can trust in God’s wisdom and kindness, even when life is full of pain and uncertainty.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit comes order in such a way that glorifies God. Our minds and hearts become calmer and more ordered as we remember God’s grace and faithfulness. We can relax knowing that our steps will be directed, no matter the situation. Through his will and our trust, He is sure to lead us in the right way.
Why Is It Important To Know That God Is Not The Author Of Confusion?
To Test The Spirits
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.—1 John 4:1
It is essential that Christians know how to test the spirits. Why? Because not every spirit comes from God. In fact, there are many false prophets in the world today who disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. These false prophets prophesy evil matters that are against God’s Word.
Therefore, it is important for Christians to be able to discern between what is true and what is false. When faced with a prophetic word or teaching in the church, we should ask ourselves these questions:
- Does it align with Scripture?
- Does it glorify Jesus Christ?
- Does it produce good fruit?
- Does it lead me closer to God?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, then we should reject it and move on. We must remember that not every prophecy or teaching comes from God, and we need discernment to distinguish between truth and deception. Let us be wise in testing the spirits and holding fast to what is good. Let us not be deceived by false prophets who come in disguise, but instead seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all things.
To Bring Order Into Our Lives
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.—1 Corinthians 14:33
God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. He brings order into our lives, bringing us unity, harmony, peace, and purpose. In our personal and family lives, we feel God’s guidance helping us to move through difficult situations with grace and understanding.
Our workspaces benefit from God’s order too, inspiring creativity, teamwork, and innovation in ways that bring success. In church, there is no confusion when God is present, only a beautiful balance that brings out the best in each of us.
In moments of fear or confusion, we can cling to the hope of a higher power. We can depend on God’s unfailing love and his gentle guidance to help us on our journey. The Lord brings order into our lives, and we are blessed to be recipients of His grace and glory.
A Prayer For Peace In Church
Heavenly Father, You have called us to a holy standard, and we thank You for this. We ask that You guide our church and all churches of the saints to strive for unity in Your body of believers. Help us to be an example to others of how You bring peace, love, and unity.
As we pursue the peace You desire, may our hearts be pure and discerning of Your will. Grant us Your strength to live lives of humility and love towards one another, granting us patience and kindness when the world has none.
In all of this, Jesus, let us draw nearer to You, the source of all life and unity. As we remember You, the head of the church, and the foundation of all our work, we know that nothing is possible without You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The world is full of confusion and sin. Satan and his cohorts are also busy sowing disorder among our ranks—into our personal life, workplaces, and places of worship. But God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. He is a God of order and righteousness. He abhors disunity and disharmony in our relationships with Him and with other people, especially in our church today.
The Holy Spirit can come in and fill our lives with the Truth of the Word and create an atmosphere of peace and joy. As we become mindful of the Lord’s presence in our lives and His desire for order, we can cultivate an atmosphere that invites Him to move among us.