I design kitchen cabinets on computer. The particular program that I use is prone to crashing, so I have to remember to save my work regularly. Otherwise, I have to start from scratch or at least reconstruct large portions of it. It’s hard to figure out exactly what it is that causes the program to crash or I would avoid it. It seems to be random in nature…..random in nature…..
My brain is sort of random in nature……
Sometimes I look inside and I see a world of distraction, confusion, and chaos. I can’t focus on one thing long enough to finish. Decisions don’t come easy, people talk but I don’t hear, I forget where I just set something down. I know that there has been a lot of discussion in the media about ADD, and I certainly fit the mold. But I hate using that as an excuse for my clutter.
33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
The word that is interpreted as disorder in Greek is akatastasia which has several meanings. In this verse it is anarchy and revolution. It’s interesting to note that Paul didn’t say, “For God is not a God of disorder but of organization,” instead he used the word peace. That’s a strong contrast – anarchy and rebellion versus peace.
To be at peace, at least in the context of this verse, is to not be in anarchy and revolution. So what exactly is it I’m not supposed to be?
anarchy – a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
revolution – a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.
Hmmm…… is there anarchy and revolution in my brain?
It has been said the battle for man’s mind is the hardest fought war between God and Satan. Satan is the king of chaos; he thrives on anarchy and rebellion. His target….. you and me. We are God’s most prized creation and therefore the object of his greatest attention. Satan desires nothing more than to destroy and distort what God has made. His methods are not obvious; he uses subtlety and imagery to trick our minds into believing lies. In the process, he creates his own world, one of chaos and confusion, one that refuses to submit to authority.
The guarding of the mind becomes paramount in our struggle for control of the chaotic thoughts that ravage our souls.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Filling our days with prayer is like putting a shield around our brains. According to Paul, God’s peace itself will guard our hearts and minds.
I raise the mug today encouraging you to pray……remember to pray. Nothing else better protects us in the day’s battles.