“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” – (I Corinthians 14:33)
Though this verse is given as instruction in the context for holding worship services in the church, if we are living our lives as an ongoing act of worship before Him, I imagine that the same principles are meant to be applied throughout our daily walk with Him. When we exercise the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given, we are meant to do so in harmony with one another. Chaos should not reign, for God is not given the opportunity to work among us as He intended, when the world we operate in is a constant whirlwind. When we slow down enough to allow His peace to reign, it permeates our perimeters and is passed on to those around us.
After one of my busiest weeks of the year so far, this is a timely reminder. Though I have protected my precious early mornings all week, the succeeding hours each day, were swamped. I know there will be weeks where the constant chaos is nearly unavoidable, but as much as I can help it, I need to be intentional to schedule down time – time where life is slowed down and order is restored, and time to intentionally connect and foster growth in those around me, particularly my progeny. They too have gifts that God is growing in them, and need safe and supportive opportunities to operate in utilizing what they have been given. God is full of grace, and He readily provided places of peace, even in the chaotic spaces. During the most important gymnastics meet of our season, a sweet friend showed up with her son, and sat smiling in the stands for quite some time. Throughout the craziness of our final JV meet yesterday, my fantastic team of coaches rallied together and lightened the load that I so often try to carry on my own. His peace provides order, and He showed me yet again, that He is a God of peace.
in pursuit of the Lord;
as we seek after Him,
His sweet peace He’ll afford.
As we focus on God,
together or alone;
steer clear of disorder,
honor Him on the throne.
In worship, speak only,
if the meaning’s made known;
we’re meant to encourage,
point to the Lord alone.
Let our lives model peace,
even when chaos reigns;
for His grace is with us,
let our whole life proclaim.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us so much, that You sent Your Son, so that we could have peace and order in Your holy presence. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that dwells within the hearts of all who believe, and grants us peace. Forgive us for allowing chaos to reign in our lives and in our hearts, and help us to protect Your place as the God of ALL. Teach us to trust You in all things and at all times, so that we may surrender ALL unto You. Lead us to love as we are loved, and may Your peace in us, pass on to all those around us. May many come to know You as their Savior and King, as we operate in obedience to all that You ask of us. May the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart be pleasing unto You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
And the Lord said, “I will cause all of my goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19
Amen! Shalom, Shannon.
May His peace be with you too, Jeanne. 🙂
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Thank you, Martha. ❤
Reblogged this on The Hunt FOR Truth and commented:
Amen. I add only, this is often meant to be an agreement — I agree that God is of Love and His gradual revelation to us is one of peace and gifting to us his Holy Spirit of love and peace. If you haven’t visited Shannon’s ‘Revelations in Writing” I hope that you do. You’ll love her poems, images, and prayers; I’m sure.
Thank you, Eric. Blessings to you, also. 🙂