In the first epistle to the church at Corinth, we see a trait of God. God is a God of order! 1 Corinthians 14:33 says that God is not a God of disorder but peace (NIV).
From the first verses of Genesis, we see God demonstrate this character through the well-thought-out and ordered creation sequence. Even in the ultimate masterpiece of God’s power (the new creation), we see perfect order exemplified. Christ was the only one who could die; he died a certain way and was born at a given time and a certain way.In Genesis, we see God demonstrate order through the well-thought-out and ordered creation sequence. Even in the ultimate masterpiece of God’s power (the new creation), we see perfect order exemplified. Click To Tweet
God’s creative order is not just seen in Him banishing havoc in Genesis 1. He demonstrates orderliness even by putting universally applicable laws in place. Take, for example, the law of gravity – God does not magically appear every time an object goes up to bring it down. Yet, every time we toss something in the air, it comes down. That typifies how God’s influence stretches across the universe he created. Another example most believers are familiar with is in Genesis 8:22. The principle that there is a time to sow and to reap.God demonstrates orderliness even by putting universally applicable laws in place. Take, for example, the law of gravity. This typifies how God’s influence stretches across the universe he created Click To Tweet
The book of Proverbs is full of such principles that Solomon, by divine wisdom, uncovered. One of such principles is the lesson from the ants in Proverbs 6:6-11. The universal principle of reward for hard work is shown to us explicitly in the most unspectacular animal. It is God’s design, revealing the intentional influence of an intelligent being. Another such principle is the principle of diligence and elevation. Proverbs 22:29 says that the diligent man would stand before kings. Diligence means skill. We see the relationship between diligence and recognition play out all around us.One of the universal principles set by God is seen in the lesson from the ants. The principle of reward for hard work is shown to us explicitly in the most unspectacular animal; revealing the intentional influence of an intelligent… Click To Tweet
Having established God as the orderly creator, we face the challenge of identifying the source of disorder in the universe. Unexplained disorderliness exists in the universe in the form of natural disasters or unexplained disease outbreaks. Who tells volcanoes to erupt all of a sudden? Who commanded Hurricane Dorian to cause $4.6 billion worth of damage? It was not God nor was it the universe! We have already established that God does not create disorder and that there is no inherent power in the universe.
In Genesis 1:31, we see a definitive statement about God’s creation of the universe. He saw all that he had made and it was good. Following Adam’s sin in Genesis 3:18, we see God pronounce that there would be a physical reaction on the earth to Adam’s sin. God says that rather than bring forth helpful crops, the earth would bring forth ‘thorns’ and ‘thistles’. This clearly was not part of God’s plan for the earth He created. Likewise, we see the entry of death into the universe was through man’s actions (Romans 5:12).
Most principles ordained by God are put into motion by men. The skilled man would indeed earn recognition. Yet, the man gets things rolling by gaining the skills. The crop planted would yield a harvest. But, man has to sow these crops. In the same vein, men introduced disorder into the world by introducing sin. One unfortunate irony is that the devil blinds the unwitting to attribute order to our ingenuity and disorderliness to God.Most principles ordained by God are put into motion by men. The skilled man would indeed earn recognition. Likewise, men introduced disorder by introducing sin. The devil blinds the unwitting to attribute order to our ingenuity and… Click To Tweet
So who is in charge? In the end, God is in control (to the extent to which men choose). His principles are sovereign and universally applicable. Some men unknowingly apply these principles, and we call it luck or coincidence. But at the end of the day, we see God’s fingerprints all over the universe. We might have to peep a little closer to realize that His influence is undeniable.