Be Orderly, As God is Orderly

adult-edIf anyone has any doubt about the harmony of God’s creation, please read Psalm 104. This amazing Psalm speaks of the orderly cycles of life on earth governed by the sun and the moon, and  how God maintains that life through his creation.  I’ll start quoting Psalm 104 at verse 19.

“The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.  You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.  The lions roar for their prey and see their food from God.  The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens. Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.  How many are your works, O Lord!  In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures; there is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small.  There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan which you formed to frolic there.  These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.  When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisified with good things.”

Can you see how life just flows in an orderly fashion?  What this tells me is that I need to be orderly in my work for God.  I need to be organized, properly prepared for speaking and teaching events, intentional in my choosing of which paths to follow.  Don’t get me wrong, I like spontaneity as much as the next person. I love making last minute decisions to have someone over for dinner or to go out of town for the weekend. But when it comes to ministry, I have found that being orderly actually invites the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Within the framework and context of a structured setting, the Holy Spirit is free to speak to people’s hearts. People are more focused and pay more attention when there is order and to an event.  People need structure for learning.  As ministry leaders, it’s critical that we provide opportunities for spiritual growth in well thought out and intentionally planned environments.  If God is orderly, than we must be orderly as well. 1 Corinthians 14:40 tells us that, “Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”

As we continue on the path of ministry to which God has called us, may we be reminded of this very important truth.

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