Bible Reading: Mark 6:30-44
There are some topics of a post you see and you kind of already know it will ‘shake your table’…
The good thing with God is He doesn’t shake our table to land us on the floor. He shakes it to make us aware and establish us to be stronger people.
But again, maybe you feel that this can’t be a tough topic for you: Perhaps you’re the kind of person that takes your plate to the kitchen and washes it immediately you’re done eating, even in a restaurant; you lay your bed immediately you wake up, even in a hotel (and you’ve never in your life snoozed an alarm); you wash your white socks, wait on them to dry, iron and fold them in pairs, then proceed to wash the coloured ones; none of your shoes ever sleeps out of the shoe rack, and each actually has a labelled position on the rack (the day you bought a new pair of shoes, you had to buy a cheaper shoe than you really liked and could afford, because you needed the balance to buy the new shoe rack where the shoe would stay at home)- And yes, the budget always balances perfectly; you fix your bible reading schedule five years ahead, and you never read a verse less or a verse more; when your friend came back to get the money she kept with you three years earlier, you immediately returned not just the same amount, but the same denominations with the same serial number as the ones she gave you; you’ve never changed lanes to the seemingly faster lane while driving in traffic before…
Table shaken yet?
Okay, here’s the big idea: In God’s design, we were not made to just be some hustling around in the dark, two-steps-back-one-step-forward, ‘jama-jama’ kind of people.
God patterned the world with a beautiful sense of order. He put seasons to run in rhythm. He put an order between geographies. He put an order of seed and fruit. He put a beautiful order with which the world runs. He didn’t just put it in there for us to enjoy, He put it there so that we can gain wisdom and be instructed in how we live our lives.
Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest
Proverbs 6:6-8 NKJV
God does things in order and God blesses order. When God was going to create the earth, there was an order with which He did it. If God is going to work in your life, there’s going to be an order in which your life runs.
As we wait on the Lord today, I pray we will be reminded that The Holy Spirit is not a Spirit of disarray or confusion. He’s a Spirit of order. He’s not the Spirit who’s ambition is to ‘scatter’ meetings. He’s out to bring a God-breathed order into our lives. His big pride is not in rolling us over. It’s in helping us find an orderly walk rhythm. If you fall over in a Holy Ghost service, make sure you then stand up to then walk in the order that He gives.
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace … Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:33 & 40 NKJV
Order may look different in different seasons of your life. Order is not about being petty or being rigid. It’s not about a personality type or anything like that. I think it’s about finding healthy rhythms that provide a shape and direction to the working of God in our lives.
You don’t have to end everyday stressed and unsure whether you’ve even done anything sensible because of how scattered your schedule and table are; you don’t have to run your business unsure whether you’re even making profit or tithing because you can’t quite arrange the books; you don’t have to go late everywhere because you’re always busy (its not a status!); you don’t have to be caught in the middle of relationships unsure about where they even stand- are they for you or against you?
In the scripture we read today, the big principle is how order precedes abundance. Jesus commanded an order, and then the miracle of abundance followed.
Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties. Mark 6:39-40 NKJV
This is the hard work! For me, this is almost needs more grace than the miracle of multiplying the bread. How do you, as a disciple arrange a crowd of 5000 hungry men (not counting the women and children) in groups of fifties and hundreds (not 52 and 107), and get them all seated on the ground, without a microphone or any PA system and no bouncers or anything? Ask a Church host just how difficult it is to get people to sit where you want them to!
We read that as something that happened in maybe five minutes. I really don’t think so. I think it was some real deliberate work getting the order. And it will be deliberate work if you’re going to set strong order rhythms in your life, business, time management, finance and relationships this year.
We often think that our lack of order is because of the scarcity we deal with. But no, the scarcity is because of our lack of order. It is not first a problem of the scarcity of time or money or people or opportunities and all that, it is first a lack of order. Jesus disciples set the order before he multiplied the bread and fish. When there is order, God sends abundance!
Secondly, good order is always about putting God first. That’s a principle that runs all through the scripture. God wants to be first in your life, first in your home, first in your finance, first in your time management. Don’t leave God to feed off the scraps.
But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also Matthew 6:33 AMP
‘First’ is a word that refers to sequential arrangement, but also to priority.
This is why we tithe as Christians. A tithe is not just 10% of all our increase, it is the first 10% of everything we get. It’s our way of putting God first in order and priority. This is why we start out the week in Church. It is putting God first in order and priority.
Let’s believe for the God-given wisdom and grace of order this year! Let’s believe to live our lives putting God first and living in strong rhythms with all we do, that will lead to a God sent abundance!
In Prayer Today
Are there specific areas of your life that you feel this touches on the most? Pray for the help of the Holy Spirit to help you live a life of strong order this year.